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MSU AFRE Food Security
International Updates




July 31, 2013

Food Security Group



Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


Michigan State University

Since our last quarterly update, these items have been added to our web site:

Food Security Group: Research, Policy Dialogue, and Training Projects


·        FSIII Leader Award Annual Report: 2012

Press Reports and Success Stories

·        Maize dependency and agricultural subsidies in Zambia: In conversation with Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka. Africa Research Institute. 11 Jul 2013.

·        Stakeholders Strategise To Boost Food Security In Africa. Daily Times Nigeria. June 17, 2013.

·        Africa's shifting landscape inspires Food Security Group. News from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation at Michigan State University. 18 May 2013.

Cross-Cutting Outreach Outreach Contributions 2012/13 Contributions

·        The Potential for Agricultural Transformation to Eradicate Extreme Poverty. David Atwood, Jerome Wolgin and Thom Jayne. MPEP Seminar. June 20, 2013.

·        What Will It Take To Transform African Agriculture 2013-2030? David Atwood, Thom Jayne, and Jerome Wolgin. MPEP Seminar Series: Exploring Frontiers in Inclusive Market Development. June 20, 2013.

·        Agriculture and Africa’s Structural Transformation. Steven Haggblade. Wilson Center and USAID Alumni Association panel discussion on Africa: Agriculture, Structural Change and the Urban Imperative. May 22, 2013.

·        Presentations at the IFPRI-Michigan State University Workshop: Input Subsidy Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Methods, Findings, and Implications for Policy. IFPRI, Washington, D.C., April 16-17, 2013.

o   Agenda and Participant List

o   How Do Fertilizer Subsidy Programs Affect Total Fertilizer Use? A Synthesis of the Evidence on “Crowding In/Out” in Sub-Saharan Africa. T.S. Jayne, David Mather, Nicole Mason, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert.

o   Input Subsidy Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. T.S. Jayne and Shahidur Rashid.

o   Market Concentration and Pricing Behavior in the Fertilizer Industry: A Global Approach. Manuel A. Hernandez and Maximo Torero.

o   Input Subsidy Programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Shahidur Rashid.

o   General equilibrium effects of input subsidy programs on maize prices: Evidence from Malawi and Zambia. J. Ricker-Gilbert, N.M. Mason, T.S. Jayne, F.A. Darko, S. Tembo.

o   Impacts of Seed Subsidies on Poverty and Inequality Among Smallholder Maize Growers in Zambia. Melinda Smale and Nicole Mason.

o   Input Subsidy Programs in Asia What lesson can we learn for Africa. Shahidur Rashid (presenting), Paul A. Dorosh, M.K. Mujeri.

o   The last mile(s) in modern input distribution. Bart Minten, Bethlehem Koru, and David Stifel.

o   What are the Farm-Level Impacts of Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program? A Critical Review. Rodney Lunduka, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert and Monica Fisher.

o   Impact of alternative input subsidy exit strategies on Malawi’s maize commodity market. Mariam A.T.J. Mapila.

o   Do agricultural input subsidies have dynamic causal effects on aggregate district and disaggregate farm household level outcomes? Evidence from Malawi. J. Rusike, I. Kumwenda, C. Clark, V. Manyong, M. Siambi.

o   Nigeria Input Subsidy Program Assessment: The case of fertilizer. Lenis Saweda O. Liverpool-Tasie and Hiro Takeshima.

o   Zambia’s input subsidy programs. Nicole M. Mason, T.S. Jayne, and Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka.

Professional Publications

·        Burke, William J. and T. S. Jayne. Smallholder land ownership in Kenya: distribution between households and through time. Agricultural Economics (11 June 2013) 1–14.

·        Sheahan, Megan, Roy Black, and Thom Jayne. Are Kenyan farmers under-utilizing fertilizer? Implications for input intensification strategies and research. Food Policy, 41 (2013): 39-52.

·        Sitko, N. J. (2013). ‘My hunger has brought business’: ‘efficiency’ and the de-moralizing logic of maize distribution in an era of market liberalization. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 40(2), 413-430.

·        Sitko, N. J. (2012). Hunger for Money: Maize, Food-Insecurity, and Identity Formation Within Polygynous Households in Rural Southern Zambia. Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 15(3), 415-435.

·        Haggblade, Steven. Unscrambling Africa: Regional Requirements for Achieving Food Security. Development Policy Review, 2013, 31 (2): 149-176.

NEW PROJECT!           Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy

·        Building stronger policies to fight global hunger. MSU Today. July 26, 2013.

Myanmar (Burma)

Research Papers

·        Strategic Choices for the Future of Agriculture in Burma: a Summary Paper. Prepared for USAID/Burma by Michigan State University (MSU) and the Myanmar Development Resource Institute’s Center for Economic and Social Development (MDRI/CESD) April 2013.

·        Background Paper No.1. Burma Bio-Physical Characterization: Summary Findings and Issues to Explore. Kye Baroang. Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, Earth Institute at Columbia University. May 2013.


Research Papers

·        Malawi Agricultural Inputs Subsidy: Evaluation of the 2007/08 and 2008/09 Program Input Supply Sector Analysis. Valerie Kelly, Duncan Boughton, Natalie Lenski. January 2010.

Policy Brief

·        Malawi Agricultural Input Subsidy Program: Evaluation of the 2007/08 and 2008/9 Input Supply Sector Analysis. Ephraim W. Chirwa, Valerie Kelly, Duncan Boughton and Natalie Lenski. Policy Brief Number 2, May 2010.


·        Malawi Agricultural Input Subsidy Program: Evaluation of the 2007/08 and 2008/9 Input Supply Sector Analysis. Valerie Kelly, Duncan Boughton, Natalie Lenski.

Mozambique Policy Analysis and Planning Capacity


·        Investimento na Investigação e Extensão: um Imperativo para Aumentar a Produtividade Agrária. Rafael Uaiene, Raul Pitoro e Jaquelino Massingue. Junho 2013. Nº 65P.

·        Disponibilidade de Alimentos e Qualidade da Dieta em Moçambique: Ligando a Agricultura à Nutrição. Jaquelino Massingue, Cynthia Donovan e James Garrett. Julho 2013. Nº 64P.

·        Comercialização Agrícola e Desenvolvimento em Moçambique: Resultados de Pesquisas e Implicações de Política. Rui Benfica e David Mather. Julho 2013. No.63P.

·        Gestão sustentável de terra e água em Moçambique. Benedito Cunguara e Rafael Uaiene. 1 de Julho de 2013. N.º 62P.

Research Reports


·        Análise situacional, constrangimentos e oportunidades para o crescimento agrário em Moçambique. Benedito Cunguara, James Garrett, Cynthia Donovan, Célia Cássimo. Relatório de Pesquisa 73P. 15 de Julho de 2013.


·        The Supply of Inorganic Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers in Mozambique. Todd Benson, Benedito Cunguara, and Tewodaj Mogues. IFPRI Policy Note 5. May 2013.

NEW WEBSITE!           Mali Food Security Initiative: PROMISAM - Phase II.2

Project Overview

·        Project Description

·        Project Technical Proposal and Work Plan

·        Contact Information: in-country personnel, U.S.-based team and collaborating institutions.

Component 1: 

Agricultural Market Outlook and Monitoring

·        Persistance des restrictions aux exportations malgré une bonne production. Bulletin de conjoncture. Bulletin d’analyse prospective du marché agricole. Décembre 2012.

·        Importations nettes de céréales au Mali malgré les excédents annoncés. Bulletin d’analyse prospective du marché agricole et des échanges. Septembre 2012

Component 2: Monitoring the Food Security Situation/Vulnerability Analysis

·        Second workshop on urban food insecurity indicators (Selingué, Feb 13-15, 2013)

o   Workshop documents

§  Terms of reference

§  Workshop program

§  Workshop report

·        Workshop on urban food insecurity indicators (Bamako, Nov 29-30, 2012)

o   Workshop documents

§  Terms of reference

§  Framework urban vulnerability

§  Workshop program

§  Workshop report

o   Powepoint Presentations

§  Context and objectives

§  Urban food insecurity indicators (Conceptual framework)

o   Working group documents

§  Group 1

§  Group 2

§  Group 3

Component 3: Analysis of the Adaptability of Land Tenure Arrangements in Selected Zones in Mali likely to Receive Large Influxes of Rural Migrants in the Coming Years


·        Background paper: Aissatou Ouédraogo, Mark Skidmore and John Staatz. Literature Review and Background Report on Land Tenure in Mali: Analysis of the Adaptability of Land Tenure Arrangements in Regions Likely to Receive Large Influxes of Rural Migrants in the Coming Years. February 2013.

o   English version

o   French version

·        Terms of reference for the field study in the cercles of Kita, Yanfoilila  and Bougouni

o   Summary Presentation

o   Detailed terms of reference

·        Workshop on preliminary findings of the study, Bamako, June 10, 2013

o   Workshop Agenda

o   Mark Skidmore and John Staatz. La Problématique Foncière en Afrique et dans le Monde

o   Cheick Oumar Diarrah. Méthodologie de l’étude sur le foncier

o   Dr. Lamissa Diakité and Dr. Ibrahima Cissé. Présentation des résultats des enquêtes de terrain dans les villages

o   Brahima Koné. Conflits fonciers découlant de la forte demande de terres agricoles suite aux récentes mutations au Mali

o   Cheick Oumar Diarrah. Evolution des lois et règlements, des droits coutumiers et du processus de décentralisation

Component 5:

Providing technical support to the donor Agriculture and Rural Economy (EAR) working group on the evolution of market conditions and implications needed policies and investments


·        Farmers’ Production and Marketing Response to Rice Price Increases and Fertilizer Subsidies in the Office Du Niger. David Mather and Valerie Kelly. International Development Working Paper 129. December 2012.

·        Cereal Market Dynamics: The Malian Experience from the 1990s to Present. Valerie Kelly, Abdoul Murekezi, Nathalie Me-nsope, Sonja Perakis, and David Mather. International Development Working Paper 128. December 2012

Project Progress Reports

·        Quarterly Activity Report

o  January–March, 2013

o  September–December, 2012

Mali Food Security Initiative: Phase II.1

Project Progress Reports

·        Quarterly Activity Report

o   January–March, 2013

o   September–December, 2012


Research Reports

·        What are the Effects of Input Subsidies on Maize Prices? Evidence from Malawi and Zambia. Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, Nicole M. Mason, T. S. Jayne, Francis Darko, and Solomon Tembo. IAPRI Working Paper 75. June 2013.

·        Analysis of the Soya Bean Value Chain in Zambia’s Eastern Province. Mary Lubungu, William J. Burke, and Nicholas J. Sitko. IAPRI Working Paper 74. May 2013.

·        The Impact of Hybrid Maize on Smallholder Livelihoods in Zambia:Findings of a Household Survey in Katete, Mkushi, and Sinazongwe Districts. Petan Hamazakaza, Melinda Smale, and Helen Kasalu. IAPRI Working Paper 73. April 2013.

Policy Syntheses

·        Institutional Models for Accelerating Agricultural Commercialization: Evidence from Maize, Cotton and Horticulture. Antony Chapoto, Steven Haggblade, Munguzwe Hichaambwa, Stephen Kabwe, Steven Longabaugh, Nicholas Sitko and David Tschirley. No. 60. May, 2013.

Policy Presentations

·        Gendered relationship in Agriculture: Descriptive data from RALS. Nicholas J. Sitko and Solomon Tembo. June 19, 2013.

·        Zambia’s Economic Overview and the Agricultural Sector. Hambulo Ngoma. Agri Benchmark Cash Crop Training Workshop. Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP).
Pretoria, South Africa. 14-16 May, 2013.

·        Impacts of Seed Subsidies on Poverty and Inequality Among Smallholder Maize Growers In Zambia. Nicole Mason and Melinda Smale. Cornell University Institute for African Development. Spring Symposium on Growth, Poverty, and Inequality: Confronting the Challenges for a Better Life for All in Africa. 20 April 2013.

·        Impacts of Seed Subsidies on Poverty and Inequality Among Smallholder Maize Growers In Zambia. Nicole Mason and Melinda Smale. Workshop Input Subsidy Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa: Methods, Findings, and Implications for Policy. IFPRI/MSU. Washington DC. April 17, 2013.

·        High Level Government Policy Meeting. Chaminuka Lodge. Lusaka. April 13, 2013.

o   Persistent rural poverty amidst significant agricultural growth: Where are we going wrong? Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka and IAPRI Team.

o   Fundamental causes of mealie-meal crisis. Auckland Kuteya and IAPRI team.

o   Smallholder Livestock Production and Challenges in Zambia. Mary Lubungu and IAPRI Team

o   Models for Successful Smallholder Commercialization. Stephen Kabwe and IAPRI Team.

o   Increasing Smallholder Access to Land As an Option for Broad Based Rural Poverty Reduction. M. Hichaambwa and T. S. Jayne.

o   Feed the Future Initiative in Zambia. Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka and Chance Kabaghe.

·        Emergent Farmer Growth Trajectories in Zambia: Land Accumulation and Its Implications for Poverty Reduction. Nicholas Sitko, T.S. Jayne, and Munguzwe Hichaambwa. Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. Washington, DC. April 8-11, 2013.

·        PRI/FSRP’s Work Related to Climate Change and Climate Smart Agriculture in Zambia. Hambulo Ngoma and Rhoda M. Mukuka. USAID partners meeting held in Chipata. March 19, 2013

·        Factors Influencing Livestock Marketing Dynamics in Zambia. Mary Lubungu. 2012 Joint Annual Meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Washington State Convention Center. Seattle. 12-14 August 2012.

Media Coverage

·        Populist no more? Zambia's Sata scraps key food subsidy. Africa Review. 17 May 2013.

·        Agriculture Policy As A Retrospective Bribe? Zambian Economist. 29 April 2013.

·        Conference Newsletter #1. Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa, Future Agricultures Conference. Pretoria, South Africa. 18 March 2013.


Quantitative Methods

·        IAPRI Quantitative Analysis Capacity Building Series

o   What is econometric analysis & why do we do it? Inspecting & summarizing data. Nicole Mason and Bill Burke. November 2011.

o   Introduction to simple linear regression. Nicole Mason and Bill Burke. December 2011.

o   Multiple regression analysis & interpreting results. Bill Burke and Nicole Mason. January 2012.

o   Interpreting results. Bill Burke and Nicole Mason. March 2012.

o   Panel data methods for policy analysis Part I: Linear panel data models. Nicole Mason. October 2012.

o   The problem of causality in policy analysis & internal vs. external validity. Nicole Mason. February 2013.

o   Binary Response Models. Nicole Mason. February 2013.

o   Tobit Models. Nicole Mason. February 2013.

o   Hurdle Models. Nicole Mason. March 2013.

o   Triple hurdle model: Estimating & interpreting. Bill Burke. March 2013.

o   Testing and controlling for endogeneity in linear models. Nicole Mason. May 2013.


Qualitative Methods

·        Reflections on how to succeed as a researcher in Agricultural Economics. T. S. Jayne. November 2012.

·        Designing a Qualitative Research Project: Identifying Research Goals. Nicholas J. Sitko. May 31, 2103.

·        Designing a Qualitative Research Project: Conceptual Framework and Research Questions. Nicholas J. Sitko. June 7, 2013.

·        Designing a Qualitative Research Project: Data Collection and Methods. Nicholas J. Sitko. June 14, 2013.

·        Qualitative Methods: Data Analysis and Validation. Nicholas J. Sitko. June 21, 2013.

Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa: GISAIA

Communications and Outreach

·     Outreach: GISAIA Stakeholder Conference. Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification. Yar Adua Center. Abuja, Nigeria. June 17, 2013.

o   GISAIA Stakeholder Conference. Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification. Soji Adelaja.

o   Social Networks, UDP and Rice Production: A Case Study of Washe and Sheshi Villages in Niger State. Oluyemisi Kuku, Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, and Akeem Ajibola.

o   Remarks by Eric Crawford on “MSU and International Agricultural Research” Workshop.

o   Fertilizer Profitability across Nigeria’s Diverse Agro-Ecological Zones and Farming Systems. B.T. Omonona.

o   Fertilizer and Food Security/Agricultural Production in Nigeria. Osho A. O.

o   UDP and Rice production in Nigeria: The experience so far. B. Tarfa and Brian Kiger.

o   Private Sector and Input Supply in Nigeria: Notore’s Perspective. Innocent Okuku.

o   Introducing GISAIA, Guiding Investments In Sustainable Agricultural Intensification In Africa. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie.

o   Research and Development in Nigeria: Building Research Networks across and beyond Nigeria. V.O. Okoruwa.

o   Demand Side Constraints to the Adoption of ‘Urea Deep Placement’ for Rice Production: A Proposed Randomized Control Trial. Andrew Dillon, Lenis Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Bolarin Omonona, Yemisi Kuku-Shittu.