An IFPRI workshop examines ways in which (and sometimes whether) provisioning information to the public can result in more responsive governments.
An IFPRI trial in Bangladesh shows that index-based insurance—with payouts based on weather data or other benchmarks rather than actual losses—has benefits beyond mere compensation.
An IFPRI seminar and a new book explore the changing role of food subsidies in Egypt's struggle with food security.
A close look at health-based conditional cash transfers in Tanzania reveals important nuances in how such increasingly popular programs work.
A new Science study shows providing free vouchers for water treatments to the poor screens out those who won't use them without deterring those who do.
There is evidence that cash transfers can save money and reduce the routine theft that plagues food aid programs. But how will they impact nutrition?
Social protection programs−broadly defined as initiatives offering cash or in-kind assistance to the poor−have expanded rapidly in recent decades, now covering an estimated two billion people living in developing countries. Such broad coverage, which…
For several months each year, poor farmers in Ethiopia, especially those in drought-prone areas, go hungry. During the so-called “lean” period between planting and harvesting, food supplies can run dangerously low. Sometimes, families have to sell…