May 09, 2018 - May 10, 2018
Context While the world works toward the Sustainable Development Goals, important transformations of the agricultural sector will be required to achieve food security, the eradication of poverty and hunger, and sustainable economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. This is particularly true in Ghana, where the agricultural sector contributes 19 percent of GDP and absorbs 45 percent of total national employment. Low productivity in agriculture is strongly associated with poverty: 78 percent of the poor population of Ghana lives in rural areas.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
February 15, 2018
Innovations for Poverty Action recently partnered with US-based Michigan State University (MSU) and two partners in Burkina Faso, the Institute for the Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA) and the Association of Wholesalers and Agricultural Input Retailers (AGRODIA), on an evaluation entitled "Investment Orientation to Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa."
IPA Philippines Holds Agribusiness Roundtable with the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies and the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines
Quezon City, Philippines
December 06, 2017
On December 6, IPA Philippines partnered with the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines (OVP) and the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS). This event was attended by 12 key players and researchers in agribusiness to discuss linking small producers with supply chains and agribusiness models worth pursuing in the Philippine context. The event was conducted to help inform the design of OVP's Angat Buhay program.
April 25, 2017
On April 25, 2017, IPA Myanmar Senior Research Associate Areum Han presented at a masterclass on agribusiness research. The masterclass was organized by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and co-facilitated by Helvetas Vietnam, and was attended by Burmese professionals in the agribusiness sector. Ms. Han presented a brief introduction of RCTs and impact evaluation, and provided an overview of IPA’s multiple projects on Women’s Economic Empowerment through Financial Inclusion.
Better Evidence, Better Policies, Better Lives: 10 Years of Research in the Agriculture Sector in Kenya
December 01, 2016
On December 1, 2016, IPA Kenya and the Vision 2030 Secretariat hosted a Policy Forum at the Windsor Hotel and Golf Club in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the forum was “Better Evidence, Better Policies, Better Lives: 10 Years of Research in the Agricultural Sector.” The forum brought together 60 researchers, policymakers, and implementing partners. This event was one of several policy engagements that IPA Kenya and the Vision 2030 Secretariat have held over the years, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
November 29, 2016 - November 30, 2016
L’agriculture ne consiste pas simplement en la production de cultures, c’est la production de nourriture et de fibres tirées du sol et de l’eau de notre monde. Sans l’agriculture il est impossible d’avoir une ville, un marché, des banques, des universités, des églises ou encore des armées. L’agriculture est la fondation même de la civilisation et de toute économie stable.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
October 31, 2016
On October 31th, IPA Burkina Faso participated in a Field Internship Workshop for the students of the AGRINOVIA Master. This event was aimed at sharing experience with the students of a Master on Agriculture and Innovation (master AGRINOVIA). Several NGOs and research institutions were gathered to present their activities and answer questions from the students on research and internships.
April 26, 2016
On April 26, 2016, IPA Zambia presented study results at the World Bank Zambia office during one of their brown bag lunches. Rachna Nag Chowdhuri, Country Director, and Rachel Levenson, Research Manager, presented results from The Impact of Food and Cash Loans on Smallholder Farmers in Zambia and Temporary Labor Migration as Mitigation: Strategies for Managing Seasonal Famine (Bangladesh).
March 22, 2016 - March 24, 2016
From March 22-24, Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) Zambia and the International Growth Centre (IGC) held a series of dissemination events to present and discuss the preliminary results of The Impact of Food and Cash Loans on Smallholder Farmers in Zambia, which is being conduction by IPA in collaboration with researchers Kelsey Jack (Tufts University), Günther Fink (Harvard School of Public Health), and Felix Masiye (University of Zambia).
July 13, 2015
Rachel Levenson (Senior Project Associate, IPA Zambia) presented on the Food Constraints study as part of a Cargill learning tour.
Secretary of Strategic Planning of the Ministry of Education of Peru presents EduLAB, J-PAL LAC and IPA joint initiative, at High-Level Conference on Impact Evaluation in Lima, Peru
March 16, 2015
On March 16, took place in Lima, Peru, the “High Level Conference and Latin American Workshop on Impact Evaluation: theory and practice applied to water, sanitation, hygiene, management of hydro resources and irrigation”. The event was co-organized by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, research center GRADE and Pacífico University. Francisco Dumler, Viceminister of Infrastructure and Sanitation of the Ministry of Housing and Jorge Mesinas, Secretary of Strategic Planning of the Ministry of Education of Peru opened the event.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
October 09, 2014
IPA Burkina Faso participated in the kick-off meeting of a research project launched by the National Institute for the Environment and Agricultural Statistics (INERA). The research project is a longitudinal descriptive study which aims to analyze the effect of agricultural research dissemination on the cultivation of cotton, maize, and rice in Burkina Faso. During the event, Nicoló Tomaselli (Country Representative, IPA) offered a seminar to civil servants participating in the research on the fundamentals of randomized evaluation methodology.
July 14, 2014
Dean Karlan (Yale; President, IPA; Chair, J-PAL’s Finance and Microfinance Program), Chris Udry (Yale; Co-chair, J-PAL’s Agriculture Program; IPA affiliate), and IPA Ghana staff officially launched the Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies for Smallholders (DIRTS) project, which examines the impact of access to improved-yield agricultural inputs
Freetown, Sierra Leone
June 19, 2014
Andrew Tedesco (Country Director, IPA Sierra Leone), Ben Jaques-Leslie (Research Manager, J-PAL Global), and Tavneet Suri (MIT; Scientific Director, J-PAL Africa; IPA affiliate) presented at a one-day workshop on agriculture, which was organized by IPA and the International Growth Centre (IGC) in Sierra Leone. Prince Kamara (Sierra Leone Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security [MAFFS]) chaired the meeting. Ben and Tavneet presented lessons from evaluations of programs to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
March 20, 2013
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Dunavant Zabmia Ltd., and Shared Value Africa hosted Encouraging the Adoption of Agroforestry among Smallholder Farmers: A Case Study in Eastern Province, Zabmia. The event was in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, and jointly funded by Climate Development Knowledge Network, International Growth Centre, and Musika Development Initiatives.