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Credit Where Credit is Due

Most of the world's rural households lack the reliable and affordable finance they need to make a living. Smallholder farmers tend to live in remote areas, where retail banking is limited and production risks are high. The recent financial crisis has…

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Seeking Status in Rural China

China has long been in the throes of demographic, economic and social change, with massive rural-to-urban migration, a growing middle class, and an emerging culture of entrepreneurship. In China’s rural communities, it is increasingly common to find…

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Ghana Looks Towards Its Own Green Revolution

In the past five years, Ghana has experienced fairly high levels of poverty-reducing growth, and the country has set 2015 as a target date to achieve middle-income status. The Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP) at IFPRI works to supply information…

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Protecting Nature, Helping Poor People

Nature preserves in at least two developing countries have reduced poverty among their human neighbors, according to a new study co-authored by IFPRI’s  Kwaw Andam. Communities living on the margins of national parks in Costa Rica and Thailand are…

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Paying the Price for Eating Meat

“Eating meat is something new now,” states Joel E. Cohen during the first annual Malthus Lecture titled “Meat,” which was delivered on March 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. According to Cohen, the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations at The…

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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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Talking Tomatoes

The tomato industry is important to the people of Ghana but is falling short of its potential to improve their lives and livelihoods. Tomatoes are a critical part of the Ghanaian diet and could play a key role in diversifying the country’s economy.…

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Climate change-- a global, national, and local issue

On April 23, environmentalists, celebrities, and concerned citizens will meet in Washington, DC for a massive  Earth Day climate rally. As they gather on the National Mall to call on the U.S. government to pass a comprehensive climate bill that lays…

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Reducing Poverty and Hunger in Yemen

Dialogue with Clemens Breisinger, Research Fellow, Development Strategy and Governance Division: Why is IFPRI now focusing on Yemen? Yemen has been hard hit by the recent global food crisis and ongoing global recession due to its high dependency on…

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