Investing in Irrigation in Asia

Motivation In most of Asia, irrigation plays a key role in food production, employment generation, and agricultural and economic growth. Increasing water scarcity in Asia has raised concerns about how agriculture will share this valuable resource with rapidly growing industries and urban centers. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) supported IFPRI research in Indonesia and Vietnam >> Read more

Markets for High-Value Commodities in Indonesia

Promoting Competitiveness and Inclusiveness Motivation Rapid economic growth in Indonesia has led to a rising demand for food quality and food safety, as well as the growth of supermarkets. Will smallholders benefit from supplying these growing markets, or will they be marginalized by their inability to meet the quality and quantity requirements of large-scale retailers? >> Read more

Agricultural Development for Economic Recovery in the DRC

In spite of its promising agricultural potential, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the highest rate of malnutrition in the world.

Addressing Child Undernutrition in Haiti: Prevention or Cure?

Is it better to treat child undernutrition or prevent it?

Cotton Prices and Poverty in Benin

When cotton prices drop in producing countries, rural poverty rates tend to increase.

Revamping Agricultural Research in Sierra Leone

Motivation In addition to inflicting incalculable human suffering, Sierra Leone’s civil war deeply affected the country’s economy, the agricultural sector in particular. Just before the war in 1991, Sierra Leone had a poverty rate of approximately 30 percent; by 2000, that figure had skyrocketed to roughly 72 percent, giving the country one of the highest >> Read more