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In developing countries poverty is generally measured with expenditure data. Such data are difficult and costly to obtain and it is generally recommended to collect them every 3-5 years. In between surveys, however, there is a clear need to provide [...]
This paper deals with consumption dynamics and its effects on poverty. An econometric model is proposed in which changes in consumption across time are seen as fluctuations around the level of consumption that each family can sustain in the long [...]

A country on the move: International migration in post communist Albania

C. Carletto, B. Davis, M. Stampini, A. Zezza [ 2006 ]
Albania is a country on the move. This mobility plays a key role in household-level strategies to cope with the economic hardship of transition. With the relaxing of controls on emigration at the beginning of the 1990s, international migration has [...]
This paper examines the relationship between rurality and poverty, and the role the agricultural sector can play in rural development, poverty reduction, and overall development. The historical views regarding the role of the primary sector in development are presented, and [...]
In January 2006, the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of FAO gathered experts from around the world to a workshop to discuss major issues of relevance for rural development and rural poverty alleviation in today’s rapidly changing and globalizing world. [...]
Non-linear adjustment towards long-run equilibrium in the sugar-ethanol-oil nexus in Brazil is examined. We develop generalised bivariate error correction models that allow for cointegration between variables, where dynamic adjustments are potentially non-linear functions of the disequilibrium errors. Linear error correction [...]

Synthesis Report: Planning for the future

Assessment of food security early warning systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mark McGuire, James Tefft  [ 2006 ]
The crippling famines of the 1970s and 1980s in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), which claimed the lives of millions of people and forced millions more into destitution, prompted the development of early warning systems (EWS) across the continent. Governments, regional institutions and development partners [...]

Why does the Philippines import rice?

Meeting the challenge of trade liberalization
Dawe, Moya, Casiwan  [ 2006 ]
A perpetual question on the minds of many Filipinos is “Why do we import rice, and why can’t we produce enough of our staple food to feed ourselves?” Many answers have been given to this question, many of which injure national [...]

The State of Food and Agriculture 2006

Food aid for food security?
FAO [ 2006 ]
The State of Food and Agriculture 2006 examines the issues and controversies surrounding international food aid and seeks to find ways to preserve its essential humanitarian role while minimizing the possibility of harmful secondary impacts. Food aid has rightly been [...]
Wheat is central to the government of Egypt’s food security policy which is based on increasing self-sufficiency in wheat on the one hand and subsidizing bread for consumers on the other hand. This paper uses a multi-market approach to assess [...]