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Margaret McMillan
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The Myth of de-industrialisation in sub-Saharan Africa

The following post by IFPRI Senior Researcher  Margaret McMillan  was  originally published on the Financial Times This is Africa website. There is even evidence that a healthy manufacturing sector can help to bridge the gap in income levels between rich…

Farmer with his mobile phone in Bihar, India.
IFPRI Blog

Harvesting better access to information

A farmers’ success depends on more than good weather, healthy soil, and proper seeds. Good farming also involves a series of decisions: how much to plant each season, whether to invest in new crops, which markets to sell to. The right decisions can…

Drip irrigation in Obregon, Mexico
IFPRI Blog

Technology to the rescue?

This blog story by IFPRI researchers  Nicola Cenacchi  and  Claudia Ringler  highlights key messages from  Chapter 4 of the 2013 Global Food Policy Report One major outcome of the 2012 Rio+20 United Nations conference was the agreement to develop a set of…

Screenshot of Iraq Spatial website (March 23, 2014).
IFPRI Blog

Pioneering online tool targets improved decision making in Iraq

The following story was  originally published on the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) website. ICARDA is a member of the  Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers, supported by…

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New U.S. Farm Bill reaffirms support to producers

The following post by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow  David Orden  is an excerpt of a  story originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal. After more than three years of often tumultuous negotiations, the U.S. Congress has passed a new five-year…

Kenyan women farmers in the field.
IFPRI Blog

International Year of Family Farming

The United Nations declared 2014 the  International Year of Family Farming  to highlight the important global role family and smallholder farmers have in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods,…

Leveled field being irrigated in eastern Uttar Pradesh, India.
IFPRI Blog

Leveling with friends

Technology can serve as a catalyst in agriculture, shifting farmers from subsistence to profit, and spurring dramatic quality of life improvements for the rural poor in many developing countries. New technologies can also help farmers contend with the…

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