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Climate adaptation and agriculture

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Economics of land degradation

In recent years, prices of agricultural land have increased quickly, actually doubling and tripling in many parts of the world. This land value reassessment has been prompted by rising crop prices and perceived land scarcity. But even as the value of…

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Innovations in rural and agricultural finance: M-PESA

Over the past three years, payment strategies for emerging markets have been revolutionized by the advent of a simple cell-phone-based payment service in Kenya called M-PESA (“M” for “mobile” and “pesa” for “money”). From a small-scale pilot program…

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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…

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Biosafety and biodiversity risks

One of 8 briefs in Research at a Glance — Promising crop biotechnologies for smallholder farmers in East Africa. Briefs 19-26

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