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 Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse

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

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

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.

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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Fishing for answers

Amid a future of growing populations, economies, and changing diets, questions arise as to how current practices can meet future food demands. Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, may be key: It is expected that as much as two-thirds of all fish…

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Some Ideas to Break the Stalemate on Agricultural Issues at Bali

The following post by IFPRI visiting Senior Research Fellow Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla  is an excerpt of a story originally published on IFPRI's Food Security Portal. The negotiations seem to be heading for a breakdown again over agricultural issues linked…

In the Market for Better Health

Properly functioning markets play a key role in improving the economic well-being of poor populations. But a recent IFPRI event highlighted how markets can do even more, reaching beyond economics to have an important impact on health outcomes. On…

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