Security and development

Security as a condition for development

Ferdi shares its view of the relationship between the price volatility of agricultural products and food security, and on ways of protecting vulnerable farmers. 2015 saw the launch of a project on the relationship between peace, security and development in the case of the Sahel.

Food security

Price volatility of agricultural products

Ferdi has carried out extensive research on the issue of the volatility of international prices and food security. These questions became particularly topical in the context of the “development” strand of the summit organised in Cannes during France’s presidency of the G20, in 2011. | Continue reading

Food security and early warning indicators

The World Food Programme (WFP) adopted the method developed by Ferdi to calculate indicators of a food crisis based on market prices and developed software that can be used to update the calculations and publish indicators online. Nonetheless, indicators of this kind have their limitations. A Ferdi-Cerdi project should provide an opportunity to work on reducing these limitations and improving the indicators concerned. |Continue reading

Insuring poor farmers against climate and other risks

Working with two Senior Fellows from the University of California Berkeley, Ferdi has begun thinking – and organised workshops – about covering the risks to which poor populations comprising mainly small farmers are exposed. Three instruments are being studied in response to exposure to uninsured risks: technological innovation in the agricultural sector, index-based climate insurance, and savings and loans. |Continue reading

Peace, security and development in the Sahel

For several years, Ferdi has been examining the impact of macroeconomic volatility (in particular external economic volatility based on exports) on the risk of civil war, criminal activity, mortality among children and young people and, more generally, poverty. One of the consequences of volatility in the commodities markets, for example (cf. above), can be socio-political. Ferdi researchers are studying the interactions between external economic volatility, social unrest and development from different perspectives: examples include the effects of unstable exports on the level of corruption and the forms it takes, the consequences of the Egyptian revolution on women’s work and an estimate of countries’ socio-political fragility in the context of the Sustainable Competitiveness Observatory (SCO). |Continue reading

Linking security and development – A Plea for the Sahel


The situation in the Sahel has worsened significantly in the last ten years, especially in the area of security. Great swathes of land have fallen into...

Technology adoption under uncertainty

Kelsey JACK, Paulina OLIVA, Samuel BELL, Chris SEVEREN, Elizabeth WALKER B154,

Many technology adoption decisions require investment at two or more points in time. The first investment is typically associated...

Improving Yields with Improved Recommendations

Carolina CORRAL, Xavier GINE, Aprajit MAHAJAN, Enrique SEIRA B155,

We report preliminary results of an intervention that aims to promote the adoption of new technologies by small producers...

Evaluating Targeted Subsidies

Sylvain CHASSANG, Pascaline DUPAS, Erik SNOWBERG B161,

This note dicusses the value of targeting in the context of technology adoption subsidies. Whenever agents are heterogeneous...

Asymmetries in Commodity Price Behaviour

Atanu GHOSHRAY B143,

Many developing countries are dependent on commodity prices as their main source of income. Additional income from commodity price booms can benefit...

Asymmetries in Commodity Price Behaviour

Atanu GHOSHRAY B143,

Many developing countries are dependent on commodity prices as their main source of income. Additional income from commodity price booms can benefit...

Trade Food and Welfare

Alexandros SARRIS

The global population is forecasted to reach 9.4 billion by 2050, with much of this increase concentrated in developing regions and cities. Ensuring...

Demand for Insurance

Ethan LIGON B76,

Farmers in low income countries presently use a variety of mechanisms to manage risk, including risk related to variation in crop income. There’s...

17 January 2017 to 18 January 2017
, Clermont-Ferrand

Transdisciplinary research on volcanic risk

Patrick Guillaumont was a speaker at the Panel discussion "Building transdisciplinary approaches: from risk analysis to decision making"

, Brussels

Security and development in the Sahel

A conference-debate at the European Parliament organised by Ferdi and IRD. The book of the Ferdi working group "Linking security and development – A Plea for the Sahel" was presented.

05 September 2016 to 07 September 2016
, Paris

the 9th Convergences World Forum

Ferdi and AFD have organised a conference on security and development in the Sahel. Matthieu Boussichas (Ferdi) was moderator of a conference on measuring SDG's implementation.

04 June 2015 to 05 June 2015
, Clermont-Ferrand

Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI)

workshop jointly sponsored by the Ferdi, the Cerdi, the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery with support from the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development.

, Clermont-Ferrand

Flexible financial products in microfinance to address risk

The purpose of the meeting consequently aimed at bringing together a group of experienced practitioners in the insurance, microcredit and microsavings markets, to debate on the state of the art in practice and to brainstorm on possible innovative ideas.

Internal Violence Index (IVI)

The Internal Violence Index (IVI) aims at comparing the amount of violence at the country level for 130 developing countries.

Demographic data, mortality and fertilility

The Ferdi benefits from a huge work of reconstruction of annual data series covering the period 1950 until now, for under-5 mortality rate and fertility in Sub-Saharan countries by Michel Garenne, research director at IRD.

Measuring macroeconomic instability

Joël Cariolle highlights the benefits of volatility indicators which go beyond simple traditional variance-based indicators emphasizing the magnitude of volatility.