Millions fed

Proven successes in agricultural development

Humanity has made enormous progress in the past 50 years toward eliminating hunger and malnutrition. Some five billion people--more than 80 percent of the world's population--have enough food to live healthy, productive lives. Agricultural development has contributed significantly to these gains, while also fostering economic growth and poverty reduction in some of the world's poorest countries.

This book examines how policies, programs, and investments in pro-poor agricultural development have helped to substantially reduce hunger across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The 20 success stories presented here provide both lessons and inspiration for continued efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition among the one billion people still facing this scourge.

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  • Chapter 1 - Fifty Years of Progress
    David J. Spielman and Rajul Pandya-Lorch
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  • Chapter 2 - Fighting a “Shifty Enemy”: The international collaboration to contain wheat rusts
    H. J. Dubin and John P. Brennan
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  • Chapter 3 - Transforming Agriculture: The Green Revolution in Asia
    Peter B. R. Hazell
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  • Chapter 4 - Breeding an “Amaizing” Crop: Improved maize in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
    Melinda Smale and T. S. Jayne
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  • Chapter 5 - Resisting Viruses and Bugs: Cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Felix Nweke
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  • Chapter 6 - Seeing the Forest Through the Trees: Community forestry in Nepal
    Hemant Ojha, Lauren Persha, and Ashwini Chhatre
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  • Chapter 7 - Re-Greening the Sahel: Farmer-led innovation in Burkina Faso and Niger
    Chris Reij, Gray Tappan, and Melinda Smale
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  • Chapter 8 - Innovating in the Pampas: Zero-tillage soybean cultivation in Argentina
    Eduardo Trigo, Eugenio Cap, Valeria Malach, and Federico Villarreal
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  • Chapter 9 - Leaving the Plow Behind: Zero-tillage rice-wheat cultivation in the Indo-Gangetic Plains
    Olaf Erenstein
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  • Chapter 10 - Pumping up Production: Shallow tubewells and rice in Bangladesh
    Mahabub Hossain
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  • Chapter 11 - Pushing the Yield Frontier: Hybrid rice in China
    Jiming Li, Yeyun Xin, and Longping Yuan
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  • Chapter 12 - Improving Crops for Arid Lands: Pearl millet and sorghum in India
    Carl E. Pray and Latha Nagarajan
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  • Chapter 13 - Navigating through Reforms: Cotton reforms in Burkina Faso
    Jonathan Kaminski, Derek Headey, and Tanguy Bernard
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  • Chapter 14 - Unlocking the Market: Fertilizer and maize in Kenya
    Joshua Ariga and T. S. Jayne
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  • Chapter 15 - Counting on Beans: Mungbean improvement in Asia
    Subramanyam Shanmugasundaram, J. D. H. Keatinge, and Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes
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  • Chapter 16 - Conquering the Cattle Plague: The global effort to eradicate rinderpest
    Peter Roeder and Karl Rich
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  • Chapter 17 - Connecting the Milk Grid: Smallholder dairy in India
    Kenda Cunningham
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  • Chapter 18 - Farming the Aquatic Chicken: Improved tilapia in the Philippines
    Sivan Yosef
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  • Chapter 19 - Crossing the River While Feeling the Rocks: Land-tenure reform in China
    John W. Bruce and Zongmin Li
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  • Chapter 20 - Exiting from Collective Agriculture: Land-tenure reform in Vietnam
    Michael Kirk and Nguyen Do Anh Tuan
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  • Chapter 21 - Diversifying into Healthy Diets: Homestead food production in Bangladesh
    Lora Iannotti, Kenda Cunningham, and Marie Ruel
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Spielman, David J.
Pandya-Lorch, Rajul
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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