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rural agric landscapeMore than 75% of the world's poor live in rural areas. World Bank research on agriculture and rural development is multi-sectoral and focused on improving the well-being of rural people by building their productive, social, and environmental assets.
Contact: William Martin,
 Research Themes 

Agricultural Growth and Productivity
This research investigates the role markets, risk and policy play in determining rural livelihood strategies and the adoption of agricultural technologies and the consequences of these outcomes for productivity and rural incomes.

Impact and Adaptation to Climate Change 
This research focuses on climate-agriculture-poverty nexus and ways to assess impacts and adaptation. This project focuses on the poverty impact of changing climate volatility in Southern and Eastern Africa.

 Related Research
World Bank Research on Agriculture
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The following policy research working papers are drawn from the World Bank's institutional archives. Each link opens a page with an abstract of the document and several download options. Please search for earlier papers at



WPS6466Estimating quarterly poverty rates using labor force surveys : a primerDouidich, Mohamed; Ezzrari, Abdeljaouad; Van der Weide, Roy; Verme, Paolo2013/05
WPS6433Political economy of public policies : insights from distortions to agricultural and food marketsAnderson, Kym; Rausser, Gordon; Swinnen, Johan2013/05
WPS6412Food prices, wages, and welfare in rural IndiaJacoby, Hanan G.2013/04
WPS6393Food price volatility and domestic stabilization policies in developing countriesGouel, Christophe2013/03
WPS6261Agricultural trade : what matters in the Doha round ?Laborde, David; Martin, Will2012/11

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