Aug 15, 2013 by Ulrike Wood-Sichra

It may get stuck in your junk folder, confused with a tin of mysterious food, or buried in a Google search (try adding a few more key terms), but for now the name sticks (and sticks in your memory); SPAM (Spatial Production Allocation Model) is not getting a new name anytime soon. That’s just one of the items key players discussed at a recent SPAM workshop.

Jul 23, 2013 by Cindy Cox

Dr. Maction Komwa from George Mason University is a visiting scientist at HarvestChoice, IFPRI. The team recently sat down with Maction and discussed his research looking into labor constraints in African agriculture. The results are this blog post describing some of his findings and an upcoming inclusion in HarvestChoice’s flagship study on agricultural constraints in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jul 9, 2013 by Kate Sebastian

Last March at the Africa Agriculture GIS Week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, HarvestChoice team member Kate Sebastian presented the not-so-sneak preview of the Atlas of African Agriculture Research and Development.

Jun 17, 2013 by Zhe Guo

Maps describing Earth's land cover tell different stories. Which should we believe?

May 23, 2013 by Jawoo Koo

Where in sub-Saharan Africa is the difference between actual and potential yield of maize most striking? We can answer this question pixel by pixel, region by region, but for the purpose of this brief analysis, let’s talk countries.

May 13, 2013 by Phil Pardey

The Collaborative Masters of Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) program brings together students from 7 African universities. As part of this program, the University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics is offering a course on the economics of science and technology policy joint with the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

L-R: Liebenberg, Beddow, UP Dept. Head Johann Kirsten, and Pardey

Apr 24, 2013 by Beliyou Haile

If there is one consensus in agriculture development it is the idea that crops will need to produce more from existing agricultural land in the coming decades. In other words, agriculture will need to be intensified.

Apr 22, 2013 by Cindy Cox

Open Data is a hot topic in agricultural development–so hot that G8 leaders are holding an International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture on April 29 and 30. The following day, May 1, IFPRI will share its own wealth of Open Data at "D8".

Apr 12, 2013 by Jason Beddow

Stem rust is a potentially devastating fungal disease that can kill wheat plants and small grain cereals, but more typically reduces foliage, root growth, and grain yields. The pathogen multiplies rapidly, and its spores can be dispersed by wind over thousands of kilometers.

Photo credit: CIMMYT

Mar 7, 2013 by Jagger Harvey

May 28-June 1, 2012 (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania): As part of a multidisciplinary and multinational collaboration, a team of researchers representing several research institutions met to discuss the growing aflatoxin problem in sub-Saharan Africa.

Photo credit: James Karanja, KARI