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JICA-RI's Research Paper on the Impact of Infrastructure on Risks Presented at International Food Policy Research Institute

February 14, 2013

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On January 30, JICA-RI’s Research Fellow Suguru Miyazaki reported on the findings from the research paper in progress titled Risk, Infrastructure, and Rural Market Integration: Implications of Infrastructure Provision for Food Markets and Household Consumption in Rural Indonesia at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), located in Washington D.C., U.S.

 

This event is part of a variety of outreach activities of JICA U.S. office to enhance their presence among the development community as well as opinion leaders. The seminar was organized at a prominent research institute, IFPRI, aiming to introduce research activities of JICA that promotes development assistance programs by integrating operations and researches.

 

Miyazaki has been working on the above paper with Yasuharu Shimamura, associate professor at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies of Kobe University. The two authors attempt to analyze what impact irrigation facilities and rural roads have had, focusing on various risks such as skyrocketing food prices (economic risk) and bad weather (natural risk). The paper is using the panel data in 2007 and 2010 collected by JICA, from more than 2,000 households in areas with diverse climate characteristics in Indonesia.

 

The analysis finds that the sharp rise in food prices is mitigated in villages where residents have access to irrigation equipment under relatively poor condition of agricultural roads. It is also verified that irrigation equipment reduces the impact of negative shocks such as a shortage of rainfall (in addition to the contribution to an increase of productivity during ordinary times).

 

In response to Miyazaki’s presentation, the attendants from IFPRI gave many invaluable comments on its analysis methodology as well as its direction of policy implications. They also pointed out that it would make the paper more valuable if such factors as geographical diversity in Indonesia would be taken into consideration.

 

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DayJanuary 30, 2013(Wed)
PlaceWashington, D.C., US

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