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Inequalities and Conflict

Violent conflict in multiethnic societies in the developing world is a pre-eminent problem of the 21st century. Horizontal inequalities among religious or ethnic groups, in political, social, economic or cultural dimensions, are an important catalyst…

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Better Rural Services through Decentralization?

A policy panel discussion in conjunction with the IFPRI-University of Kiel research workshop, “Inside the black box: The political economy of local governments and their role in rural development” Abstract Decentralization, by “bringing government…

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Innovations for Insuring Poor People

Risk and poverty are inextricably linked. Poor people often live in environments characterized by high weather and disease risk, and it is poor households that have the fewest tools to deal with drought, floods, and disease when they occur. Breaking…

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Copenhagen and Beyond

The climate change negotiations in Copenhagen: A. failed miserably, B. were rescued at the last minute, or C. resulted in a promising set of new initiatives that will ultimately lead to a binding international treaty. William Hohenstein (USDA), David…

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Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development

Learning from successes in agricultural development is now more urgent than ever. Progress in feeding the world’s billions has slowed, while the challenge of feeding its future millions remains enormous and is subject to new uncertainties in the…

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The Other Green Revolution

A successful example of achieving food security while adapting to climate change, catalyzed by farmers and scaled-up by effective aid. After the devastating droughts of the 1970s and 1980s, African farmers in the Sahel region mobilized to reclaim…

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Regional Inequality and Harmonious Development in China

China’s spectacular achievements in economic growth and poverty reduction have been accompanied by growing inequality, which not only jeopardizes its equitable development goals but also threatens its social compact and thus, the political basis for…

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School Feeding Programs: Evidence and Policy Lessons

School feeding programs have recently received renewed attention as a policy instrument for achieving the Millennium Development Goals of universal primary education and hunger reduction in developing countries. However, there is still debate among…

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