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Alleviating poverty, intensifying agriculture, and effectively managing natural resources.

This discussion paper is the first in a series of papers prepared as part of IFPRI's 2020 Vision initiative, which seeks to develop an international consensus on how to meet future world food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the…

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World supply and demand projections for cereals, 2020

Future directions of food supply and demand will be determined by the interaction of various market forces (such as prices, population, and income) as they will be affected by decisions and policies of farmers, national governments, and international…

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World population projections, 2020

The world's population, today numbering some 5.5 billion people, may approach 12 billion by the end of the next century. By the year 2020, 26 years from today, it will most likely have increased by about 2.5 billion to a total of 8 billion people, an…

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Sustainable agricultural development strategies in fragile lands

Current trends in demography, agricultural production and rural environment in the developing countries suggest that so-called marginal lands must play a larger and probably growing role in food supply and economic development for the foreseeable…

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The impact of technical change in agriculture on human fertility

Green Revolution technologies were developed and promoted to boost food supplies and foster development, both of which were expected to create breathing space for achieving demographic transitions in developing countries through lowered human…

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Famine and food security in Ethiopia

The prevalent and generally accepted image of famine in Ethiopia has been one of hopeless inevitability with food shortage and starvation being an unavoidable consequence of environmental hardship combined with economic and political mismanagement and…

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Reforming water allocation policy through markets in tradable water rights

Increasing water scarcity, rising costs of irrigation subsidies, and general economic liberalization are creating strong incentives for comprehensive water reform with establishment of tradable water rights and the development of markets in these…

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Confronting the environmental consequences of the Green Revolution in Asia

Intensive double or triple monocropping of rice has caused degradation of the paddy micro environment and reductions in rice yield growth in many irrigated areas in Asia. Problems include increased pest infestation, mining of soil micronutrients,…

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The changing public role in a rice economy approaching self-sufficiency

Bangladesh, which has been a country of chronic food deficits, now appears to be nearing self-sufficiency in rice. Production of rice, the major food staple of the country, grew at a rate of 2.7 percent in the 1980s, while population grew at a rate of…

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