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A Research Collaboration in Kenya Seeks Durable Empowerment for Women

March 07, 2018

Poverty graduation programs, which transfer assets and skills, can set women on a path toward higher income and greater empowerment at home, but in the arid rural parts of northern Kenya drought can force them to liquidate their gains so the family can survive.

New Tool Measures the Real Value of Agricultural Index Insurance

March 05, 2018

When I think about access to finance for smallholder farmers, I always think of my host father from my time in The Gambia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. At the time, I was frustrated that he would not adopt improved seeds that were more expensive but that could increase productivity.

Investigating Ways to Get Water to Women

January 25, 2018
Economist Stephen C. Smith discusses how a number of water constraints have the greatest impacts on women and children living in poverty, and how irrigation can make a difference.

Payments to Farmers Could Help to Keep Malawi’s Dams Clear

January 23, 2018

When sediment builds up in a hydropower reservoir it can damage turbines and clog spillways. It reduces how much electricity a plant can generate, and it’s expensive to dredge. In Malawi, this is especially a problem, as hydropower provides nearly all of the country’s electricity.

Index Insurance: Where We’ve Been and Where We Need to Go

January 05, 2018
AMA Innovation Lab research on drought-tolerant maize may seem out of context in South Asia, but given the severity of flooding in Bangladesh and much of the rest of the region this past year it is clear that more than stress resistant seeds are needed.

When Loans are Insured, Women Farmers Risk Investing in Productivity

November 15, 2017
Women farmers are typically cautious of losing their already limited collateral or social status in case of default in the event of a bad weather shock. An innovative type of insured loan made women more confident to apply for the credit needed to invest in their farms.