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The Standard Features ALL IN Initiative to Promote Africa-based Research Leadership

May 15, 2020

On May 14, 2020, Kenya's The Standard featured a new MRR Innovation Lab initiative in partnership with the Kenya-based International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) to advance Africa-based leadership in research and policy evaluation.

The ALL IN initiative, a $6 million five-year grant, will fund major research projects led from African research institutions in partnership with researchers based in the U.S. 

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Features Michael Carter on Resilience+

April 07, 2020

In basic terms, resilience is the ability to withstand shocks and stressors without lasting consequences. However, a growing body of research shows that resilience in itself may only be part of a of greater opportunity when the risk of weather-related disasters is what holds people back.

In this article on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Food for Thought blog, MRR director Michael Carter describes the benefits of effective tools to manage risk and the potential to generate Resilience+.  

COVID-19 and Development Innovation

April 07, 2020
These unprecedented times are testing the resilience of rural families and the food and market systems they rely on. The work we do has never been more important, and in spite of the challenges we all face, we will continue to make progress in building a more resilient future.

Lessons to Take a Successful Resilience-focused Research Project to Scale

December 03, 2019
While bundling drought-tolerant maize with index insurance generated significant drought resilience for small-scale farmers, seed and insurance companies need continued support to scale the product, particularly where farmers have little experience with either improved seeds or insurance.

VoxDev Features Research from Mozambique on Temporary Subsidies

October 13, 2019
On October 13, 2019, VoxDev featured an article by MRR Innovation Lab director Michael Carter and his collaborators about their experiment in Mozambique that showed temporary fertilizer subsidies can have a lasting impact on adoption. 

Devex Features MRR Innovation Lab as USAID Shifts toward Resilience

September 05, 2019
On September 5, 2019, Devex featured the new MRR Innovation Lab at UC Davis as part of the broader shift within USAID toward a focus on resilience. With a growing threat of drought and other weather-related disasters, a focus on resilience creates opportunities to reduce the total number of families in need.