International Food Policy Research Institute


What determines public expenditure allocations?

This paper addresses the determinants of public expenditure policies, by reviewing theories and empirical investigations of what features explain the budget process and how the various attributes of actors - including politicians, bureaucrats, interest groups, and donors - and of institutions and political and economic...

Political economy determinants of public investment decision-making in agriculture

Public investments in agriculture in Africa can have profound effects on productivity in the sector. It is therefore important to understand how budgetary allocation decisions are made. For example, what are the reasons for persistent underinvestment in agricultural research on the African continent? A mere...

Nonlinear dynamics of livestock assets

Recent research on the intertemporal dynamics of poverty using microeconomic data often hints at the existence of poverty traps, where some find themselves trapped at a low-level stable equilibrium while others enjoy a higher stable equilibrium. Without a sizable positive shock to well-being, those trapped...

Insuring countries against natural disasters

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) pool is a proposed pan-Africa drought risk pool that would insure against drought risk in Africa south of the Sahara. Donors and, to at least a notional extent, member countries would pay annual premiums. In return, if, for instance, satellite...

Highlights of IFPRI's recent food policy research for the government of Australia

In the wake of the food crises of the early 1970s and the resulting World Food Conference of 1974, a group of innovators realized that food security depends not only on crop production, but also on the policies that affect food systems, from farm to...