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Protecting Small Farms in Mozambique From Drought – By Alex Russell on April 22, 2019
Resilience-building agricultural technologies help rural households in developing countries withstand and recover from climate-related disasters. However, sustaining the adoption of these technologies is a challenge because they do not provide benefits in every year. This MRR Innovation Lab project in Mozambique is testing short-term subsidy and training programs for rural households to learn about stress-tolerant maize bundled with index insurance for a seed-replacement guarantee. The project contributes evidence on how to spark lasting adoption for resilience-building technologies.
“SOE Faculty Member Jonathan Malacarne and SOE graduate student Shelby Smith are part of a new research project focused on value-added grains. Led by researchers at Cornell University and funded by a $2 million USDA Award, the multi-institutional project team will focus on developing infrastructure to establish markets for organic grains in the Northeast and Midwest. Jonathan and Shelby will be leading the economic side of the project, which involves supply chain mapping, studying the role of institutional markets in supporting a value-added organic grains economy, and identifying challenges in getting organic grains to consumers at prices they’re willing to pay. They are excited to collaborate with colleagues from UMaine, including Ellen Mallory of UMaine Cooperative Extension, researchers and students from Cornell University, University of Vermont, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Maine, the University of Illinois, Oregon State University and South Dakota State University, as well as agricultural stakeholders. Congratulations Jonathan & Shelby ! We look forward to learning from you and the entire multi-institutional research team.”
This project explores the determinants of uptake and measure the impacts on on-farm investment levels and nutritional outcomes of drought-tolerant (DT) maize varieties — both alone and bundled with a complementary insurance product that kicks in and stabilizes farmer income at those higher drought pressure levels where DT varieties lose their efficacy.
Update: On Thursday, March 14, 2019, Cyclone Idai slammed into the coast of south eastern Africa near the port city of Beira, Mozambique. Early reports suggest that over 1.5 million people in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe will be affected. Read what Jonathan and other AMA Researchers have to say about it here.