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Land and Rio+20

The planet’s most precious—and endangered—resources are under our feet. According to a  new UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) report, soils are often overlooked in sustainable development discussions though they are essential to current…

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A Green Economy and the Poor

One of the pillars of discussion at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will be the green economy—an economy that pursues growth while promoting sustainable development through efficient use of resources, in particular…

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Biofuels and a Green Economy

The role of bioenergy in a green economy, a subject of heated debate and concern among members of the international community, will be a topic of discussion at the  Rio+20 negotiations. As IFPRI’s  Global Food Policy Report  reveals, biofuels were once…

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Greening Agriculture in South Asia

South Asia  is a paradox. The region enjoys high economic growth but suffers from extreme poverty, undernourishment, and the deterioration of its natural resources. It houses more than 42 percent of the world’s poor earning less than US$ 1.25 per day.…

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The Impact of Natural Disasters on Migration in Bangladesh

Recent research indicates that climate change-related natural disasters will cause an increase in human migration and displacement. A  paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences seeks to further investigate this issue in…

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Putting Gender on the Map in Sub-Saharan Africa

No stone should go unturned in efforts to boost agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet researchers have only begun to give serious attention to one crucial aspect of this complex challenge: gender. On World Water Day, IFPRI and the…

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World Water Day 2012

Every year, the United Nations chooses a new theme to focus people’s attention when it comes to thinking about our planet’s water resources. This year, they selected “Water and Food Security”- a topic near and dear to the hearts of IFPRI and its many…

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The State of Land and Water Resources

Without land and water resources, agriculture cannot survive. But in a world facing increased scarcity of both, farmers—especially those in the developing world—are increasingly hard-pressed to feed the hungry. To assess the scope of this pressing…

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World Water Congress

Water resource experts in the public and private sectors gather this week in Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil to examine the state of water management in the 21st century. Guided by four themes—adaptive water management, water resources and…

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