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Food Subsidies in Egypt: a help or hindrance?

Statistics are sounding a warning bell about the state of Egypt’s food security, poverty, and malnutrition. The number of food insecure Egyptians has increased about 21 percent from 2009 to 2011, according to a 2011 analysis of household incomes,…

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Poverty scorecards help prioritize lending, minimize risk

This story originally appeared on the  Food Security Portal blog. Economic growth in the developing world relies heavily on credit, grants, and loans. But increasing poor populations’ access to these financial vehicles brings with it a significant…

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Better Development through Diaspora Engagement?

For many developing countries, remittances—the money sent from expats back home to their families—are a major source of revenue, in some instances comprising upward of 20 percent of GDP. Over the last decade, remittances to the world’s least developed…

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VC4D: Value Chain for Development

We live in a fast changing world with fast changing trends: urbanization, globalization, industrialization, and more, all of which have a profound impact on the way food moves from field to fork along the agricultural value chain. Understanding the…

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From Bust to Boom: Debating input subsidies in Africa south of the Sahara

Reemerging input subsidy program (ISPs) have sparked a highly contentious debate in Africa. ISPs are government programs that provide items such as seed and fertilizer to farmers at a steep discount. Ten years ago, few countries in Africa had subsidy…

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From Anchor to Engine

Ethiopia faces many challenges, but the country is quickly shedding its label as one of the world’s poorest countries, finding itself today among the world’s 10 fastest growing economies. The question now at hand is how to sustain this historic…

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Onions Bring Tears to the Indian Government

As a staple food in India, onions are relied upon by the wealthy, the poor, and everyone in-between. Skyrocketing onion prices mean a drastic cut in the quality of life for some, and hunger for many. In recent months, onion prices in the country have…

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Bad deals for poor people?

During the past 10 years governments, agricultural firms, and investors have been quietly buying or leasing land in other countries for agricultural use. The amount of land is not insignificant: since 2000, purchases and leases have added up to an…

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Securing Foreign Aid Impact in a Time of Fiscal Austerity

With a global financial crisis stripping investor confidence and budget cuts looming for traditional donor countries struggling under mountains of debt, it’s reasonable to be concerned about potential decreases in foreign aid. Even Bono, the famous…

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