Book: Agriculture and the rural economy in Pakistan: Issues, outlooks, and policy priorities

Historically, agriculture has been crucial to Pakistan’s economic growth and development and remains so even today. The sector employs almost half of the country’s labor force, supplies key inputs to the country’s manufacturing sector, generates a significant share of export earnings, and nourishes a rapidly growing population.

Piecing together the puzzle of underinvestment in agriculture

Tolulope Olofinbiyi and Tewodaj Mogues (IFPRI) are sharing insights from a qualitative study of subnational government spending in Nigeria. 

Book: Nutrition and economic development: Exploring Egypt’s exceptionalism and the role of food subsidies

Egypt faces two nutritional challenges. The first is the “growth-nutrition disconnect.” High economic growth has not been accompanied by reduction in chronic child malnutrition, at least throughout the 2000s. Instead, the prevalence of child stunting increased during this decade—an atypical trend for a country outside wartime. The second challenge is the simultaneous presence of chronic >> Read more

Book: Confronting Drought in Africa’s Drylands: Opportunities for Enhancing Resilience

Drylands make up about 43 percent of the region’s land surface, account for about 75 percent of the area used for agriculture, and are home to about 50 percent of the population, including many poor. Involving complex interactions among many factors, vulnerability in drylands is rising, jeopardizing the livelihood for millions of people. 

Book: Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges

The new book edited by a group of authors working with our Inclusive Value Chains and Efficient Trade research flagship talks about value-chain development (VCD) for stimulating economic growth and combating rural poverty, that has been increasingly embraced by governments, nongovernmental organizations, donors, and the private sector. The book helps to fill the current gap in systematic knowledge about how >> Read more