In 2016, the International Year of Pulses, IFPRI developed a new methodology for computing India’s minimum support price for pulses that takes risk and ecosystem services into account. IFPRI’s work was incorporated into a government committee report that has led to policy changes for pulses, including an increase in the minimum support price and creation of a buffer stock to ensure stable prices.
In Nepal, the Policy Reform Initiative Program aims to improve the policy environment for agricultural development. Study tours and trainings were conducted on the seed sector, plant quarantine, custom hiring services, value chains, contract farming, and trade policy.
To scale up climate-smart agriculture, an IFPRI team worked closely with governments in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, providing empirical evidence for policies and capacity building of key stakeholders.