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Research Roundup - March 2011

Focus on agriculture and food prices
Insulating food prices - grain image

Estimating the short-run poverty impacts of the 2010-11 surge in food prices
Overall the average poverty change was 1.1 percentage points in low-income countries and 0.7 percentage points in middle-income countries with a net increase of 44 million people falling below the $1.25 per day extreme poverty line.
Working paper 5633, Apr. 2011

thumb_agricIs there a future for large farms in land abundant countries?
Identifies factors underlying the dominance of owner-operated farm structures, how these may change with development, and mechanisms to re-allocate land to more productive entrepreneurs.
Working paper 5588, Mar. 2011 
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Global food prices continue to rise
The result of price rises since June 2010 is a net increase in extreme poverty of about 44 million people in low- and middle-income countries.
Food Price Watch, Feb. 2011

Insulating food prices - grain image

Insulating food prices can destabilize world markets
National trade barriers to insulate domestic markets from sudden price spikes can both increase income instability for importers, by exacerbating higher food import costs, and for exporters, by augmenting the benefit of improved terms of trade.
Working paper 5511, Dec. 2010 

Can Africa replicate Asia's green revolution - Africa image

Can Africa replicate Asia's green revolution in rice
Rice has become an important part of African diets and imports of rice have grown. Agronomists point out that large areas in Africa are well suited for rice.
Working paper 5478, Nov. 2010 

Impact of the financial crisis on global agriculture - pineapple image

The impact of the financial crisis on global agriculture
For most low-income countries, shocks that affect food prices or wage rates for unskilled workers have the largest impact on poverty, as do declining trade, investment, and remittance flows.
Working paper 5431, Sept. 2010 

Global agricultural trade distortions worsen poverty and inequality: book cover

Global agricultural trade distortions worsen poverty and inequality
Agricultural trade policies can directly impact poverty levels because food is a large component of spending for poor households, and because most of the world’s poor depend on agriculture for part of their income.
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