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  1. Library Resource
    Reports & Research
    January, 2011

    Agricultural investments made by developing countries and multilateral development banks (MDBs) have declined in recent decades. This decline is associated with a slowdown in the growth of agriculture productivity. Most development institutions have recognized the damage caused by this past neglect, in part evident in rising food prices, and renewed attention to agriculture and agribusiness is emerging. But this renewed interest will need to deliver results, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the MDBs have had the least success but where the needs and opportunities are enormous.

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    Opportunities and Challenges for a Converging Agenda - Country Examples

    Reports & Research
    Training Resources & Tools
    October, 2011
    Africa, Central Asia, Southern Asia, Europe

    The purpose of this paper is to summarize the challenges and the practical successes that a selected number of countries are experiencing in moving towards 'climate-smart' agriculture while also meeting the food requirements of a growing population, broader economic development and green growth objectives. It complements papers prepared in 2010 on technologies and policy instruments, research, and farmers' perspectives.

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    What, Where, and How

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    November, 2011

    Reforestation measures for degraded lands, strategies for the sustainable management of forest resources, and agroforestry practices that incorporate trees into farming systems are increasingly demonstrating their promise for producing commercialized tree products. Although the level of investment so far has remained modest, the challenge is to find ways to scale up promising investments in a way that will have a clear impact at the landscape level.

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    Food, Farms and Fields in China 2030

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    May, 2012
    China, Eastern Asia, Oceania

    China's success in addressing food problems after adopting the reforms in 1978 has been nothing less than remarkable. Grain output (rice, wheat and maize) has almost doubled and most hunger has been eliminated. Ever since China embarked on its reform agenda more than 30 years ago, its economic growth and poverty reduction have been nothing less than remarkable. Agriculture has been an important contributor to these developments.

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    Interagency Report to the Mexican G20 Presidency

    Reports & Research
    Policy Papers & Briefs
    June, 2012

    Global agriculture will face multiple challenges over the coming decades. It must produce more food to feed an increasingly affluent and growing world population that will demand a more diverse diet, contribute to overall development and poverty alleviation in many developing countries, confront increased competition for alternative uses of finite land and water resources, adapt to climate change, and contribute to preserving biodiversity and restoring fragile ecosystems.

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    Performance, Challenges, and Options

    Reports & Research
    Training Resources & Tools
    November, 2015
    Nicaragua, Latin America and the Caribbean

    This work summarizes background papers prepared for the World Bank Group with significant input from government counterparts and other development partners. It takes stock of major recent developments and argues that a lot has been achieved in the last decade in terms of production of commodities for export and food consumption, with favorable impact on rural poverty reduction. It also argues that the two factors driving the recent agricultural performance, namely favorable international prices and expansion of the agricultural frontier, have reached their limits.

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    Agricultural Sector Risk Assessment

    Reports & Research
    Training Resources & Tools
    November, 2015

    Despite myriad challenges, Kenya has emerged in recent years as one of Africa’s frontier economies, with headline growth in the most recent decade propelling the country toward middle-income status. Less well understood is how risk dynamics associated with production, markets, and policy adversely impact sector performance, in terms of both influencing ex ante decision making among farmers, traders, and other sector stakeholders and causing ex post losses to crops, livestock, and incomes - destabilizing livelihoods and jeopardizing the country’s food security.

  8. Library Resource
    June, 2012
    Latin America and the Caribbean

    This study estimates the vulnerability
    of Latin American agriculture to climate change using a
    Ricardian analysis of both land values and net revenues.
    Examining a sample of over 2,500 farms in seven countries,
    the results indicate both land value and net revenue are
    sensitive to climate. Both small farms and large farms have
    a hill-shaped relationship with temperature. Estimating
    separate regressions for dryland and irrigated farms reveals

  9. Library Resource
    June, 2012

    This study uses the Ricardian approach
    to examine the economic impact of climate change on
    agriculture in Zimbabwe. Net farm revenue is regressed
    against various climate, soil, hydrological and
    socio-economic variables to help determine the factors that
    influence variability in net farm revenues. The study is
    based on data from a survey of 700 smallholder farming
    households interviewed across the country. The empirical

  10. Library Resource
    Journal Articles & Books
    May, 2012
    Asia, Central Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe

    This study reviews how the integration of environmental concerns into agriculture and forestry is progressing in the countries of Southeastern Europe (SEE) and of Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia (EECCA) since 2000 and assesses prospects for the future. The present report is a contribution to the environment for Europe process. At the Fifth Ministerial Conference in Kiev in 2003, participants decided to pay greater attention to the needs of the EECCA and adopted an environmental strategy for the sub-region.

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