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Indigenous Peoples and Economic Opportunities in Latin America

Despite the significant progress Latin America has made in reducing poverty for millions of its poorest citizens, abject poverty persists for more than 80 percent of its indigenous peoples. In this seminar, Emmanuel Skoufias will present findings from…

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Social Protection to Overcome Poverty Traps and Aid Traps

A growing proportion of development assistance is being devoted to relief efforts. This signals a worrisome pattern in which increasingly large numbers of vulnerable people have become trapped at low living standards from which they have difficulty…

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Why Don't "The Poor" Have A Louder Voice When They Are Many?

A number of reasons have been used to explain why the poor do not have a louder voice in democracies where they form the majority or a large part of the population. Low levels of political activism, caste divisions, tribal frictions, regional…

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Bioenergy and Agriculture

Bioenergy is the subject of increasing attention around the world. It appears to offer hope for environment-friendly energy that would also be a boon to the world’s farmers. Can bioenergy fulfill the promise claimed by its proponents? Can it become an…

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Transformation of Economies in Africa

Africa has recently experienced impressive transformation, including economic growth of about 5-7 percent despite the global economic crisis. However, the opportunities that accompany such transformations have not been fully harnessed and significant…

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The Role of the Right to Food in Combating Global Hunger

This seminar will examine how legal, institutional, and policy frameworks grounded in the right to food can improve the actions States take to improve food security. The presentation will cover recent developments in Latin America and Sub-Saharan…

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Sustainable Food Security and Climate Change

Post-Bonn and Pre-Rio During these informal presentations, Bill Hohenstein will report on the outcomes for agriculture at the recently concluded UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn, and David Waskow will talk about progress towards Sustainable Development…

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Why Poverty Persists

Poverty Dynamics in Asia & Africa Why are some people trapped in chronic poverty, while others are able to escape it? This policy seminar will provide an overview of the major findings and policy recommendations from a recently published book on…

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From Good to Great

Bringing Impact to Scale at the World Food Programme How can the World Food Programme (WFP) better meet the urgent needs of the poorest and most vulnerable while building the capacity of nations and peoples to feed themselves? As the WFP's new…

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