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Food, Feed and Fuels: An outlook on the agriculture, livestock and biofuel markets

A presentation of Goldman Sachs analysis: a 5-year outlook on agriculture, livestock and biofuels.

31.05.2012
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Food Price Measures undertaken in El Salvador

Measures proposed by the government of El Salvador to tackle soaring food prices

31.05.2012
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Medium Grains, High Stakes: Economics of Genetically Modified Rice in California

This paper gives estimates of the potential profitability of herbicide-tolerant (HT) rice cultivation in the Sacramento Valley region of California. We estimate first-year returns for the average producer and use both deterministic and stochastic methods to perform sensitivity analysis to account for heterogeneity and uncertainty with respect to potential adoption. Results show that adoption of the HT rice technology will likely be profitable for a majority of rice producers in California, even in the presence of nontransgenic price premia and technology fees.
 
University of California, Davis

31.05.2012
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2011 Global Food Policy Report

The 2011 Global Food Policy Report is a new annual IFPRI publication that provides a comprehensive, research-based analysis of major food policy challenges at the global, regional, national, and local levels. It highlights important developments and events in food policy that occurred in 2011, discusses lessons learned, offers policy recommendations, presents IFPRI’s food policy tools and indicators, and takes a look forward into 2012.

31.05.2012
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Environmental migrants - A myth?

Environmental migration has been the subject of lively debate in recent years. Recent International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) research lets us put this debate into perspective. Microlevel evidence has improved our understanding of how climate affects individual and household decisions to migrate over time in African and Asian countries. Macrolevel analyses help us assess whether such country-specific evidence may be systematic enough to constitute a global phenomenon.

This brief reviews recent evidence, examines main research challenges in identifying migration–climate links and discusses the policy options for formalizing migration as an adaptation mechanism to climate change.

31.05.2012
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The political economy of pro-poor growth

by Kate Bird discusses the challenges to making growth policies pro-poor. Source:ODI. Pro-poor growth — growth that benefits the poor — relies on the state providing an enabling policy environment. Evidence from East Asia, where pro-poor growth has occurred, suggests that the government’s role in enabling such growth has resulted from the provision of public goods and social protection mechanisms, and the creation of institutional conditions for more inclusive and equitable development. Achieving this requires that policies be adopted and implemented effectively, which in turn means that there must be institutional and governance structures that are capable and willing to devise, operationalise and implement such policies. To access the full text please click on the link below

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Empowering Communities Through Forestry: Community-based enterprise development in Gambia

A case study where a Market Analysis and Development approach was used in a Community-Forestry context in the Gambia.

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Analysis of Zimbabwe Situation

By Dr. Festo Kavishe, UNICEF Country Representative, Zimbabwe The paper provides informations about the actual humanitarian, economical and political situation in Zimbabwe. Through detailed charts, the paper meets themes like floods, the outcome of the UNICEF/Boston University Vulnerability Study and Food and Nutrition Security Assessment. From the economical point of view, the paper faces problems like food, fuel, foreign currency, money supply and inflation. As for political matters, the author provides datas from the March elections and the SADC (Southern African Development Community)

31.05.2012
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Linking human nutrition and fisheries: Incorporating micronutrient-dense, small indigenous fish species in carp polyculture production in Bangladesh

Fish and fisheries are important for the livelihoods, food, and income of the rural population in Bangladesh. The objective of the research and capacity-building activities described in this paper is to increase the production, accessibility, and intake of nutrient-dense small indigenous fish species, in particular mola (Amblypharyngodon mola), in order to combat micronutrient deficiencies.

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Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Impact of Migration and Remittances on Assets, Consumption, and Credit Constraints in the Rural Philippines

Agnes R. Quisumbing and Scott McNiven, FAO/ESA This paper investigates the impact of migration and remittances on asset holdings, consumption expenditures, and credit constraint status of households in origin communities, using a unique longitudinal data set from the Philippines. The paper examines the impact of remittances from outside the original survey villages on parent households, taking into account the endogeneity of the number of migrants and remittances received to characteristics of the origin households and communities, completed schooling of sons and daughters, and shocks to both the origin households and migrants.