Agrilinks Policy Month Blog Roundup

PRCI participated in Agrilinks Policy Month with seven blog posts on recent research

The MSU Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, Research, Capacity, and Influence (PRCI) participated in the Agrilinks April Policy Month, publishing seven blog posts on recent research topics from around the globe. Focusing on food security and agriculture, Agrilinks is the online hub for Feed the Future laboratories. Each month a curated topic is featured, with blog posts sharing the latest research and developments.

Roundup of PRCI contributions to the Feed the Future Agrilinks Policy Month:

Strengthening Policy and Research for Food System Transformation in Nepal by Suresh Babu and Biswash Gauchan.

Six lessons for policy and food system transformation from the work done by PRCI-Asia are laid out in this blog post about the Nepalese food system. From laying the groundwork with local organizations to identifying policy and evidence gaps, the importance of local stakeholders is evident. Read the blog.

Increasing Consumer Rice Prices during COVID-19 and a Coup Are Driven by Higher Distribution Costs and Violence in Myanmar by Joey Goeb. 

A summary of key results from research by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Michigan State University (MSU). Findings on Myanmar’s rice value chain have important implications for policies that could mitigate the shocks from the coup and COVID-19. Read the blog.

A New Plan for Global Climate Action through Policy and Research Capacity Building by David Tschirley and Melissa Hill.

The next decade is crucial for climate change mitigation. In this blog post read how CACCI, a new initiative by PRCI, will rise to meet the occasion providing crucial data analysis and policy guidance for nations who will be hit hardest by rising temperatures. By partnering with local institutions to strengthen their capacity, CACCI will accelerate climate change policy using a four-step process. Read the blog.

Freshwater Aquaculture Is More Important for Food Security than Previously Understood by Ben Belton and Melissa Hill

New research suggests that assumptions about the comparative importance of freshwater aquaculture and saltwater aquaculture have been misplaced.  In this blog, find out how this new data has implications for policy that can increase food security for low- and middle-income countries. Read the blog.

How Can Evidence-Driven Policy Analysis Guide USAID’s Response to Humanitarian Crises? by Duncan Boughton and Melissa Hill

The results of phone survey data bring to light the resilience and fragility of food systems in Myanmar, and how poverty increased due to compounding factors.  Data on significant impacts show where governmental policy could mitigate the humanitarian crisis. Read the blog.

Building Household Resilience to Mitigate the Impact of Drought on Food Security in Uganda by Rehema Kahunde, Nathan Sunday, Blessing Atwine, Adesoji Adelaja and Justin Kappiaruparampil

Recent severe droughts in Uganda have created food insecurity and starvation.  Research has pinpointed actionable strategies to increase resilience.  Find out how the government of Uganda and other stakeholders have worked to improve household resilience in the face increasing droughts driven by climate change. Read the blog.

Surprising Impacts of COVID-19 in Urban and Rural Africa: Data from Five Countries by Mywish Maredia and Melissa Hill

Predictions about the effects of COVID-19 restrictions assumed that rural Africans would experience less food insecurity, and urban Africans would experience more poverty.  Data gathered from five countries tells a different story.  Read the blog.

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