Three-quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas and depend largely on farming. Identifying ways to increase the productivity of farms is crucial to ensuring food security, increasing farmer income, and alleviating poverty.


This is particularly key in Sub-Saharan Africa, where per capita food production lags far behind other regions of the world. Research has identified multiple opportunities for effectively increasing the productivity of small-scale farms through the adoption of profitable new technologies, including appropriate improved seeds and fertilizer. With approximately 100 ongoing or completed research projects in the agricultural sector, IPA is working to identify ways to improve the wellbeing of farming families. MORE »

IPA and the Investment Center of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are collaborating on a series of Evidence Review Briefs related to underinvestment in agriculture in LMICs. These Briefs synthesize and present key findings from rigorous research on topics such as commodity pricing, technology adoption, access to finance, and human capital accumulation. The briefs will be posted on this webpage once available to share.