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Collective action: the poverty-reducing power of groups

It all comes down to power. That’s one major point from a new IFPRI issue brief that contends that collective action—when a group decides to act together to form a voluntary institution—and property rights have a strong and beneficial impact on a…

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IFPRI launches new policy “situation room” in Bangladesh

If Bangladesh is to find a way out of poverty and poor nutrition, it needs timely and accurate information about the way its farmers are growing food, using water, accessing markets, and developing agricultural resources. Until now, such data was hard…

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Lean No More: Ethiopian Farmers Benefit from Anti-Hunger Program

For several months each year, poor farmers in Ethiopia, especially those in drought-prone areas, go hungry. During the so-called “lean” period between planting and harvesting, food supplies can run dangerously low. Sometimes, families have to sell…

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AGRODEP Releases Latest Bulletin

The  African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium  has released the  second edition  of its AGRODEP Bulletin, a publication providing insights into major economic development issues in Africa. The Bulletin introduces research and…

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Strategies for African Agriculture

The new book  Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture, Economywide Perspectives from Country Studies  builds on and adds to knowledge about why Africa has enjoyed ongoing economic stability, sustained economic growth, and improved governance…

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Global Food Policy Report Launched Today

2011 saw significantly increased support of agriculture and food policy as tools for global poverty reduction. It also brought serious challenges, most notably in the form of food price volatility, extreme weather shocks, famine, unrest, and…

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Understanding China’s Overseas Economic Zones

Chinese expansion and foreign investment in developing countries has garnered great attention due to China’s growing sphere of influence in the developing world. The lack of transparency and poor data on Chinese overseas investments and China’s…

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John Agyekum Kufuor Receives World Food Prize

John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana from 2001-2008, received the World Food Prize at an award ceremony yesterday at the  Borlaug International Symposium  in Des Moines, Iowa. Kufuor's economic and educational policies led to significant positive…

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Researchers challenge opposition to China’s engagement in Africa

In a  recent article  for the influential German news magazine, “Die Zeit,” IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Deborah Brautigam and coauthors Axel Berger and Philipp Baumgartner took issue with media criticism of China’s role in Africa. While some problems…

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Famine in Somalia

On July 20, the United Nations announced that the persistent, widespread drought in the Horn of Africa has led to famine in two areas of Somalia. The region is experiencing acute malnutrition rates of 30 percent or higher among children, inadequate…

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