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Reducing water-based poverty in the Yellow River Basin

Water resources continue to be a major constraint for China’s Yellow River Basin, a region enjoying rapid economic growth. Researchers have documented a link between access to water for irrigation and economic well-being: non-irrigated villages have…

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Global Trade and Environmental Impact Study of the EU Biofuels Mandate

Global demand for biofuels has risen sharply over the last decade, driven initially by oil price hikes and the need for greater energy security. Support measures were established in many countries in recognition of the potential of biofuel development…

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IFPRI celebrates World Water Day with the release of a new book

Lack of access to clean water--a harsh reality in most developing countries--is a source of misery for the poor. In large areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, the Caribbean, and Asia, the only water available to millions for drinking, cooking,…

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A Chorus of High-Level Support for Agriculture

The significance of a side event held today at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change lay not just in what the high-level panelists said but in the fact that they had come together to deliver a single, coherent message about the vital…

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Putting crop distribution and productivity data on the map

  HarvestChoice, a joint initiative managed by IFPRI’s Global Food Systems research program and the  International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP)  at the  University of Minnesota, released the latest version of its Spatial…

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Better Land Management Benefits Farmers

Sabika Moses Kasaato used to worry about how he would feed his family on his unproductive land in the village of Goma, Uganda. About 25 km from the capital, Kampala, Goma is very densely populated, and residents eke out a living on soil drained by…

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Adapting to Climate Change in Africa

Takie Barusha has been farming for many years near the Ethiopian village of Harufa-Lole, about 185 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. With only 2.5 hectares of land, it hasn’t been easy for Takie to provide for his large family. In recent years,…

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World Water Week: Expanding Access to Irrigation in Africa

Odds are 1 in 20 that a farmer in Senegal will have a farm equipped for irrigation, while in Asia, the odds are 1 in 3. Africa lags Asia and the rest of the world in almost every irrigation-related category, according to a recent study conducted…

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