An article in World Development reflects on two decades of research by IFPRI economists and nutritionists and concludes that well-designed pragmatic randomized controlled trials (RCTs) can generate evidence that helps partners design and implement successful multi-sectoral development programs at scale. The article is part of the journal’s inaugural Symposium on Development and Poverty Alleviation marking the Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer in 2019.
Additional highlights from this week’s Compact2025 News in Brief include:
- A study finds that most beneficiaries of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program prefer their payments only or partly in food even though most payments are made in cash and the transaction costs associated with food payments are higher.
- In honor of International Women’s Day, CGIAR leaders and scientists shared their experiences of why gender equality is essential for a food-secure future.
- During the African Leaders for Nutrition summit in February, African heads of state called for accelerated progress and additional action to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025.