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livelihoods of the poor, the WFP and its donors asked subtheme researchers to provide similar inputs regarding new investments in feeder roads and safety net programs. These projects will open the doors for IFPRI to engage in long-term food policy research in South Sudan, where food and agricultural policy research support is desperately needed.

The three studies funded by HarvestPlus are aimed at identifying 1) predominant varieties of study crops (rice, wheat, pearl millet, cassava and beans) in the study countries (India, Rwanda, Bangladesh, and Nigeria) 2) agro-ecological, household, market and variety level factors that affect farmers‘ choice of varieties and 3) farmers‘ sources of seed and information about seed. These studies are currently ongoing and their findings are expected to provide crucial information for the development of efficient and effective dissemination strategies for biofortified crops. Varietal maps recently developed for open pollinated varieties (OPV) of pearl millet in Maharashtra state of India are currently being used to target the dissemination of biofortified (high iron) OPV pearl millet developed by HarvestPlus.

The study of constraints to agricultural growth in Ethiopia (now closed) contributed to an important and influential discussion on the role of agriculture in Ethiopia‘s growth, and on the major constraints to that growth. This was reflected in an IFPRI hosted forum on the role of agriculture at which the Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister attended and in prior and continuing discussions with the Chief Economic Advisor.

2010 Internal Program Review-Markets, Trade and Institutions Division

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