Strategic Communications Manager
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access
I write about new research that develops and tests ways to empower agricultural households in developing economies to sustainably improve their livelihoods. Learn more at basis.ucdavis.edu.
SimPastoralist is a digital app the MRR Innovation Lab is using in northern Kenya to explain index-based livestock insurance while collecting data that can help design insurance that responds better to women’s needs.
Agricultural extension, which takes the best information on technology, inputs and practices directly to farmers, may spread benefits beyond higher yields. In Uganda, a large-scale program also reduced malaria infections, particularly among pregnant women and children.
In over sixty years of armed conflict in Colombia, more than 220,000 have died and millions have been displaced, creating poverty and hardship that could last for generations. New research is seeking insights on promoting mobility and resilience even in these extreme environments.
For decades, development economists have waded into the complexity of poverty and resilience to sort out the underlying structures that make and keep households poor. Years of theoretical research and field studies have established key insights on how and why people move in and out of poverty over...
New research shows that promoting low-cost but advanced farming methods through agricultural extension can significantly increase food security and resilience, especially when the higher cost of improved inputs keeps them out of reach.
A Feed the Future Assets and Market Access Innovation Lab pilot project in Tanzania that pairs drought-tolerant hybrid maize with insurance has found early success with adoption and in-kind payouts.
New results from pilot projects in the Mali and Burkina Faso cotton sectors show how index insurance can accelerate and protect growth for small-scale farmers, promoting long-term resilience both for their families and their local economies.