World Development Report : Role of Agriculture in Poverty Reduction

The World Development Report, flagship publication of the World Bank, provides an annual in-depth review of a specific theme that is deemed important and topical within the current development agenda. The Report is widely read and used to inform research debate and development practice in the sector under study. The 2008 Report will address agriculture and rural development. Since the last World Development Report on agriculture was published in 1982, a number of revolutionary changes in world agriculture have occurred. These include: a decline in the terms of trade for traditional commodities relative to high-value niche products, rapid and controversial technical advances, and a growing disparity between poor and emerging middle-income countries in the South. Nevertheless, about 70 percent of the world's poor continue to live in rural areas where they depend mainly on agriculture for their livelihood. This project will support the inclusion of IDRC-supported research, alternative viewpoints and Southern authors in the 2008 World Development Report.

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Start Date

Monday, August 14, 2006

End Date

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


12 months

IDRC Officer

Faminow, Merle

Total funding

CA$ 477,000


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Julio Berdegué


[Corporación de Derecho Privado "Rimisp" - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural] or [Corporación Rimisp]

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