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New risks and opportunities for food security

Given the number of undernourished people in the developing world and the increasingly complex risks to food security, policymakers are faced with an enormous agenda. Freeing people from hunger will require more and better-targeted investments,…

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The family farm in a globalizing world

The topic of family farms has been gaining prominence in the academic, policy, and donor communities in recent years. Small farms dominate the agricultural landscape in the developing world, providing the largest source of employment and income to the…

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Agricultural research and poverty reduction

The primary goal of agricultural research has been to increase agricultural production, particularly in high-potential areas. This has contributed enormously to reducing the number of people living in poverty worldwide, as well as to reducing food…

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Seguridad nutricional en las zonas urbanas de América Latina

En la actualidad, la población de América Latina es urbana en su mayoría. Ya en 1990, 72% de la población de la región vivía en las ciudades (figura 1). En el año 2020, la población urbana podría llegar a 83%. Con el mayor grado de urbanización, la…

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Nutrition security in urban areas of Latin America

The population of Latin America is now largely urban. By 1990, 72 percent of the people of the region were living in cities. By 2020, the urban population could reach 83 percent. With increasing urbanization, the region faces problems of poverty,…

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Russia's food economy in transition: what do reforms mean for the long-term outlook?

Russia's food economy is undergoing a fundamental transition. Rapid changes and adjustments are still taking place in the market and pricing systems, in the subsidies to output and input markets and the credit market, and in the process of…

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China and the future global food situation

The future of China's grain economy has been the subject of much debate. Some observers predict rapidly increasing grain imports that will strain the world's productive capacity. Most of China's own economists disagree: researchers in the Chinese…

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The role of agriculture in saving the rain forest

Tropical forests are disappearing rapidly--with potentially high social costs in biodiversity loss and carbon emissions. While agriculture is critical to the long-term solution of sustainable livelihood and food security in the humid tropics, it is…

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