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Liberalizing foodgrains markets

South Asia is home to the largest concentration of poor and undernourished people in the world, so food security—especially in basic staples such as wheat, rice, and corn—continues to be a major concern. With both persistent and re-emerging food price…

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From parastatals to private trade

Governments in Asia used grain price stabilization as a major policy instrument when they began to promote the Green Revolution in the 1960s. In the process, they created parastatal agencies, which were quasi-governmental in nature, to undertake…

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Pakistan’s cotton and textile economy

Pakistan’s economy relies heavily on its cotton and textile sectors. The cotton-processing and textile industries make up almost half of the country’s manufacturing base, while cotton is Pakistan’s principal industrial crop, supplying critical income…

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Banking on the poor

This policy brief is designed to help policymakers and practitioners understand the financial services needed by the poor. It is framed within lessons learned from a five-year IFPRI research program that examined, among other issues, the roles…

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Rural finance and poverty alleviation

The authors examine the lessons that rural financial institutions such as banks and cooperatives can learn from the informal lending sector. They also considers the roles government should play in the provision of financial services. The report’s…

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Agriculture, trade and regionalism in South Asia

Like many other regional groups, the member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)--Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka--have taken steps toward forming a regional free trade area.…

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Poverty, household food security, and nutrition in rural Pakistan

The pathways from economic and social policies to improved food security and nutrition for the poor often are not well understood. Yet each day governments decide on policies that ultimately affect their well-being. How households increase their…