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Local markets, local varieties

There are no easy solutions to the ongoing food price crisis. Maize and wheat prices doubled between 2003 and 2008, and the price of rice doubled in the first four months of 2008, rising 33 percent in a single day. Even with declines in food prices…

book

Building on successes in African agriculture

Agricultural growth will prove essential for improving the welfare of the vast majority of Africa’s poor. Roughly 80 percent of the continent’s poor live in rural areas, and even those who do not will depend heavily on increasing agricultural…

discussion paper

Consumption smoothing and vulnerability in the Zone Lacustre, Mali

"This paper explores risk sharing in the Zone Lacustre, Mali, as viewed through the lens of consumption smoothing. We find that idiosyncratic shocks appear to have little impact on consumption, and that households respond to these shocks in a variety…

brief

Consumption smoothing and vulnerability in the Zone Lacustre, Mali

This paper explores risk sharing in the Zone Lacustre, Mali, as viewed through the lens of consumption smoothing. We find that idiosyncratic shocks appear to have little impact on consumption, and that households respond to these shocks in a variety…

discussion paper

Consumption insurance and vulnerability to poverty

This paper synthesizes the results of five studies using household panel data from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mali, Mexico and Russia, which examine the extent to which households are able through formal and/or informal arrangements to insure their…

dataset

Mali, Zone Lacustre Household Dataset, 1997-1998

This case study took place in Niafunké in northern Mali where the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has an agricultural development project, the "Projet du Développement de la Zone Lacustre". The site was selected in order to…

brief

Consumption insurance and vulnerability to poverty

This paper synthesizes the results of five studies using household panel data from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mali, Mexico and Russia, which examine the extent to which households are able through formal and/or informal arrangements to insure their…