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China's food economy to the twenty-first century

This paper accounts for the structural changes now taking place in China... and suggests that China is not likely to become either an enormous importer or exporter of grain. Ultimately, though, China's grain balances will depend on decisions made by…

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Population, land tenure, and natural resource management

This paper uses cross section-time series data on 57 communities in Malawi to determine statistically the factors determining changes in land use, tree cover, and crop yield. The econometric model is developed from a theoretical model which also…

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Impact evaluation at IFPRI

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Overcoming malnutrition

Agroecological conditions largely determine the production potential of an agrarian area and its ability to support a number of people. It seems to make sense, therefore, to base economic and policy research on ecoregional zones, rather than on…

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The transition in the contribution of living aquatic resources to food security

The fishing industry's aggressive and expanding search for fish from the sea reached a turning point in 1990. After many years of increasing production, the global marine and inland catch from natural stocks declined from the 1989 peak of about 89…

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Smallholder dairying under transactions costs in East Africa.

It is argued that dairying is vital to future viability of many small farms in East Africa and that high transactions costs for dairy production and marketing limit participation by asset- and information-poor smallholders. Case studies from Kenya and…

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Priority-setting in food and agricultural policy research

This paper develops a conceptual framework for setting priorities in public policy research at a country level. Using the conceptual framework as a guide, a case study of priority-setting in food and agricultural policy research in Malawi is…

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Rethinking training in food policy analysis

This view point aims at providing some pointers for those involved in food and agricultural policy analysis training in order to generate amongst them a dialogue that may result in improved training programs. The relevance of currently offered…

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