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Leveraging institutional food procurement for linking small farmers to markets

Findings from WFP’s Purchase for Progress initiative and Brazil’s food procurement programmes
FAO [ 2017 ]
Institutional food procurement programmes (IFPPs) refer to initiatives that are designed to link institutional demand for food to broader development objectives. In developing countries, IFPPs are increasingly viewed as approaches that facilitate the transformation of local food systems. This publication [...]
   
This year’s The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World warns that the long-term declining trend in undernourishment seems to have come to a halt and may have reversed, largely on account of the above-mentioned factors. Meanwhile, though [...]
   

Impacts of modifying Malawi’s farm input subsidy programme targeting

FAO Agricultural development economics working paper 17-05
FAO [ 2017 ]
In this paper, we evaluate the impact of this proposed change to the existing FISP design and implementation mechanisms by utilizing two waves of the Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA)survey merged with historical climate data. [...]
   

Is crop diversification a panacea for climate resilience in Africa?

FAO Agricultural Development Economics Policy Brief 2
FAO [ 2017 ]
Crop diversification is often promoted as a strategy to achieve climate resilience. However, the benefits to crop diversification may vary depending on household resource endowments. For farm households with few resources, as shown by studies of Burkina Faso, Malawi and [...]
   
This document summarizes the online discussion Beyond “temporal” resilience: results that withstand the test of time, which was held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 1 to 24 March 2017. The discussion was [...]
   

The 2012 crisis in Mali and its implications on resilience and food security

FAO Agricultural development economics working paper 17-04
FAO [ 2017 ]
Food security can be considered an outcome of resilience. From this perspective, a household can be considered resilient if it manages to recover from a shock and return to the previous level of food security that it held prior to [...]
   

On the costs of being small: Case evidence from Kenyan family farms

FAO Agricultural development economics working paper 17-03
FAO [ 2017 ]
We analyse allocative efficiency of major input factors for farmers in Kenya. Marginal value products are estimated for land, labor, inorganic fertilizer and seeds, at the farm household level and compared with marginal costs as approximated by their prevailing market [...]
   
The brief contains recommendations and a framework for developing an Institutional Food Procurement Programme (IFPP) based on lessons from ten case study appraisals of WFP's purchase for progress initiative and Brazil's national food procurement programmes.
   

Assessing the policy environment for cash crops in Malawi: what could hinder the achievement of the National Export Strategy objectives?

FAO Agricultural development economics working paper 17-02
Hélène Gourichon, Alethia Cameron, Valentina Pernechele [ 2017 ]
This paper examines the main issues affecting producers of export crops in Malawi that could compromise the attainment of the National Export Strategy (NES) 2013-2018 targets. The analysis assesses the level of policy support to the major export crops (cotton, [...]
   

Diversification under climate variability as part of a CSA strategy in rural Zambia

Aslihan Arslan, Romina Cavatassi, Federica Alfani, Nancy Mccarthy, Leslie Lipper & Misael Kokwe [ 2017 ]
Climate change is posing an increasingly severe challenge to agricultural livelihoods due to increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Livelihood diversification can play an important role in decreasing food insecurity and vulnerability under these challenges. This paper contributes [...]
   
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