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Renegotiating NAFTA: Don’t forget consumers

NAFTA has been a boon not just to commerce, but to the consumption of fruits and vegetables and to public health. New trade barriers could erase those gains.

 Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse
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New online resource highlights tools for value chain analysis

Ensuring that small-scale farmers and producers enjoy a bigger piece of the financial pie is the aim of a new web resource on agricultural development. The  Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse, led by the  CGIAR Research Program on Policies,…

Pictured, from left, are AAEA past President Julie Caswell, William Masters, and Margaret McMillan
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Leaving their mark on agricultural economics

Why are most of the world’s poorest people located in tropical countries? When historical climate data became widely available in the late 1990s, IFPRI senior research fellow  Margaret McMillan  and coauthor  William Masters  of Tufts University were…

Daily corn, wheat, and soybean retail prices
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Is volatility contagious?

Food price volatility can present problems for an array of stakeholders, including countries managing their export portfolios, commodity traders, and especially farmers, as unpredictable prices may result in variable income and…

Farmer with his mobile phone in Bihar, India.
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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…

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