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Policies, Institutions, and Markets

PIM leads action-oriented research to support policies that help poor farmers, men and women, improve their lives; produce nutritious and affordable foods; and protect the soil, water, and biodiversity in rural landscapes.

External organizations have used research outputs from the PIM foresight modeling team. The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition used the team’s results for the report Food Systems and Diets: Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century, which was presented to the UK Parliament and leaders in Africa and South Asia. Other examples include the FAO’s 2016 The State of Food and Agriculture: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and the OECD’s report on Alternative Futures for Global Food and Agriculture.

The PIM-supported social protection team from IFPRI, the Institute of Development Studies, and Cornell University received a Best of UNICEF Research 2016 award for the report Evaluation of the Social Cash Transfer Pilot Programme, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, which looked at the role of behavior change communication as a component of improving the design of transfer programs.

PIM supported work on improving measurement of food waste and loss and identifying interventions to reduce them as a contribution to the Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste, jointly run by FAO and IFPRI.

Innovation for Inclusive Value-Chain Development: Successes and Challenges uses case studies to examine a range of value-chain development (VCD) experiences. This book helps fill knowledge gaps about how well VCD has performed, related trade-offs or undesired effects of VCD, and which combinations of VCD elements are most likely to reduce poverty and deliver on development goals.