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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,
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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.

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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



WPS6206Distortions to agriculture and economic growth in Sub-Saharan AfricaAnderson, Kym; Bruckner, Markus2012/09
WPS5943Optimal food price stabilization in a small open developing countryGouel, Christophe; Jean, Sebastien2012/01
WPS5928Reducing distortions in international commodity markets : an agenda for multilateral cooperationHoekman, Bernard; Martin, Will2012/01
WPS5865Can social safety nets alleviate seasonal deprivation ? evidence from northwest BangladeshKhandker, Shahidur R.; Khaleque, M. Abdul; Samad, Hussain A.2011/10
WPS5665Measuring the impacts of global trade reform with optimal aggregators of distortionsLaborde, David; Martin, Will; van der Mensbrugghe, Dominique2011/05

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