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Harnessing the data revolution and improving land management through geospatial technology by Klaus Deininger (Let’s Talk Development blog, March 13, 2016)
Understanding urban land markets in West Africa by Alain Durand-Lasserve, Maÿlis Durand-Lasserve, Harris Selod (Africa Can End Poverty blog, December 10, 2015)

The World Bank at its Best: The Land and Poverty Conference (Thomas Reuters blog, April 1, 2015)
While the World Bank will always have its detractors, the ability of a single researcher in the Development Research Group (DECRG) to create a landmark event for the world’s leading land rights researchers, practitioners and implementers of land management solutions is a notable achievement.

Why It Is Time to Take Action on Agriculture in Turkey
Don Larson (December 10, 2014)

Voting with their feet? Access to infrastructure and migration in Nepal
Forhad Shilipi (October 7, 2014)

Who will feed China in the 21st Century? 
Will Martin and Emiko Fukase (September 18, 2014)

Does Institutional Finance Matter for Agriculture? Evidence Using Panel Data from Uganda, Shahid Khandker (World Bank: Let's Talk Development, July 10, 2014)


Free Schooling is Not Really Free for the Poor: Corruption in Education and Inequality
Forhad Shilipi (World Bank: Let's Talk Development, November 18, 2013)

Did Trade Policy Responses to Food Price Spikes Reduce Poverty?
Will Martin (World Bank Blog: Let's Talk Development, August 21, 2013)

Securing Africa’s Land Rights 
Klaus Deininger (World Bank Blog: Let's Talk Development, July 24, 2013)

How Competition Affects the Performance of Microfinance Institutions in Bangladesh?
Shahid Khandker and Gayatri B. Koolwal (World Bank Blog: All About Finance, May 17, 2013)

Microcredit borrowers in Bangladesh are not necessarily trapped in poverty and debt as many contended in recent years
Shahid Khandker and Hussain Samad (World Bank Blog: Let's Talk Development, May 16, 2013)

Moving towards transparent land governance
Klaus Deininger (World Bank Blog: Let's Talk Development, April 5, 2013)
Socio Economic Consequences of Food Price Spikes
 Will Martin and Maros Ivanic (World Bank Blog: Let's Talk Development, May 30, 2012)
Land Rights and the World Bank Group: Setting the Record Straight
Klaus Deininger (World Bank Blog: "Let's Talk Development" Apr. 25, 2012) 

Featured Research Articles
Drilling into South Asia’s Groundwater Dilemma
Hanan Jacoby (left) discussed South Asia’s groundwater dilemma through the lens of welfare economics. Drawing on census and survey data collected in India and Pakistan, he discussed policy approaches to addressing groundwater depletion.
Story  (May 2015)

Data and Analysis for More Secure Land Rights, Better Land Use, and Shared Prosperity
Over 100 sessions at the 16th annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty covered topics as diverse as the role of new technologies in enabling participatory mapping to advances in supply chain monitoring.
Story | Session Videos | Conference Information (April 23, 2015)

Managing Food Price Volatility
In this policy research talk Will Martin discusses the short- and long-term impact of food prices on vulnerable populations and poverty levels around the world.
Story | Video (February 2, 2015)

World Bank Tool: A Systematic Solution to Land Governance
The food crisis and large land purchases have highlighted the importance of land governance in development. The Land Governance Assessment Framework helps policy makers evaluate and benchmark progress and design land reforms.
Story | Video (September 24, 2013)

Countries Strengthen Land Governance
Demand for food drives up pressure on land resources | Stakeholders agree that improving land governance for the poor should be the top priority | Several countries are taking steps to improve land governance.
Featured Research Article (September 2011)

Computable General Equilibrium Modeling: Influencing Debates
CGE modeling has influenced many debates in international development, such as trade policy, migration, climate change, carbon trading, food prices and pro-poor economic growth policies.
Featured Research Article (June 2011)

A Changing Climate for Development
Developing countries are highly vulnerable to climate change | Climate change complicates efforts to reduce poverty and promote prosperity | A “climate smart” world is possible if we act now, act together, and act differently | An equitable, efficient climate deal that recognizes the needs of developing countries is critical.
Featured Article (September 2009 | World Development Report 2010 )

Climate Change: Likely Impacts on African Crops, Livestock & Farm Types
Setting the stage for climate change adaptation policies in Africa | Africa's future distribution of crops | How climate change can affect livestock decisions | Will the distribution of farm types change? | Future research directions

Featured Article (June 2008) 

Saving the Forests (Policy Research Report)
Preserving the world’s rapidly shrinking tropical forests and improving the economic prospects of millions of poor people requires an urgent strengthening of national forest governance. Globally, this calls for strong financial incentives, says a new World Bank policy research report, “At Loggerheads? Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction and Environment in the Tropical Forests.”
Featured Article (October 2006 | Report) 

Do Roads Bring Jobs to People? Lessons in Economic Geography
Authorities need to better understand the factors that influence location decisions for manufacturing firms, and also need to view the outcomes of potential policy interventions, such as investment in transport infrastructure to imrpove market accessibility of lagging regions, in a new "economic geography" context. 
Featured Article (January 2006 )

Research Digest
Are Small Farmers More Productive in Rwanda?
Labor market imperfections seem to be a key reason for the inverse relationship between farm size and productivity in Rwanda.
Research Digest (Spring-Summer 2014)
Urbanization and Poverty Reduction
How can we best bring to bear the forces of urbanization in ending extreme poverty and fostering shared prosperity?
Research Digest (Summer 2013)

Land and Poverty: The Importance of Transparency
Greater transparency and accountability in land policies are critical to reducing poverty and inequality and promoting growth.
Research Digest (Spring 2013)

What Drives Investments under the Clean Development Mechanism? 
In choosing projects under the Clean Development Mechanism, investors appear to be weighing more than the relative abatement costs.
Research Digest (Winter 2013)

How Caste and Gender Affect Schooling in Rural Pakistan
Where high-caste groups dominate, low-caste children—especially girls—may face high barriers to attending a local school.
Research Digest (Winter 2012)


Inheritance Laws and Women's Empowerment in India
Granting women inheritance rights equal to men’s increases their access to physical and human capital.
Research Digest (Summer 2010)

Before 2009

Land in Transition: Reform and Poverty in Rural Vietnam
Vietnam’s rural land reforms have led to gains in both equity and efficiency, despite greater landlessness and some losers.
Research Digest (Summer 2008)

Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa
Climate change will have a significant impact on African agriculture. How farmers adapt will matter.
Research Digest (Fall 2007)

Will Markets Direct Investments under the Kyoto Protocol?
Political aims and cultural ties may influence the placement of emission reduction projects under the Kyoto Protocol.
Research Digest (Summer 2007)

Do Girls Gain from Migration-Induced Male Absence
Girls have bigger health and education gains than boys in households with migrant males, except in those headed by women.
Research Digest (Spring 2007)

Policy Briefs

Are Poor Slum-Dwellers Willing to Pay for Formal Land Title? Evidence from Dar es Salaam
Poor occupants of informal areas are interested and willing to expend resources for more secure property rights and "co-title," i.e. include women on land titles.
Policy  Brief (October 2013 )

Are Mega-Farms the Future of Global Agriculture? Exploring the Farm Size-Productivity Relationship for Large Commercial Farms in Ukraine
Panel data analysis suggests that higher yields and profits are due to unobserved factors at district and farm level rather than economies of scale, and productivity growth was driven not by farm expansion but by exit of unproductive and entry of more efficient farms.
Policy  Brief (August 2013)


Going Digital: Credit Effects of Land Registry Computerization in India
Interventions which reduce the cost of updating land registries and make information more available to lenders (i.e. computerization) can increase credit access.
Policy Brief (December 2012)

Women's Inheritance Rights and Intergenerational Transmission of Resources in India
Granting daughters equal coparcenary birth rights in joint family property significantly increases their likelihood to inherit land.
Policy Brief (December 2012)

Research Brief

Climate Change: The Final Blow for Agriculture in Africa?
A recent cross-country study shows that the effects of climate change on the African continent may force large regions of marginal agriculture out of production by the end of this century, while helping others.
Research Brief (August 2007)



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