UN at 75: slow death or a new direction | Annual Lecture 24
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Why all countries should contribute to ending global poverty
Trillions of dollars have already been spent on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows what the final bill will be. Is it possible to respond to a much longer crisis – global poverty – with even a fraction of these resources? More
COVID-19 intensifies global need to support informal workers in their struggle
The world is facing an existential crisis that poses challenging questions: whether to put people and nature before owners of capital and technology; whether to protect the rights of the disadvantaged or the interests of the elite. Read more
COVID-19 and employment: Insights from the sub-Saharan African experience
While the full socio-economic consequences remain uncertain, the pandemic’s impact on the labour market has become an issue of global concern. Read more
Journal Special Issue: Understanding agricultural development and change
Using the case of Vietnam, this special issue brings together a set of high-quality academic studies to answer key research questions of importance to understanding agricultural development and change in developing country settings. Read more
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Journal ArticleUnderstanding farmers' valuation of agricultural insurance: Evidence from Vietnam
Part of Journal Special Issue Understanding agricultural development and changeInsurance Agriculture Risk
Journal ArticleMarket constraints, misallocation, and productivity in Vietnam agriculture
Part of Journal Special Issue Understanding agricultural development and changeVietnam Agriculture Misallocation
Working PaperMaking agricultural value chains more inclusive through technology and innovation
Some entry barriers in agricultural and agro-processing value chains, particularly for smallholder farmers and small/medium-sized processors, can be overcome with innovation and technology adoption...Innovation Technology agricultural technology
Working PaperAgro-processing, value chains, and regional integration in Southern Africa
Regional integration in Africa is underway but ongoing progress requires that the gains are widely spread...Regional integration Agriculture Agro-processing
Working PaperHidden from the data: Landholding patterns and women’s low work participation rates in West Bengal, India
Compared with most other Indian states, women’s reported work participation rates have historically been low in West Bengal. This trend is more prominent in rural areas...women's work women's work participation rates Agriculture
SeminarRugazia Nyombi on rural economy diversification and its effects on food security
Rugazia Nyombi will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 6 November. Abstract - Rural economy Diversification and Its Effects on Food Security of Households in Tanzania Agriculture has for long dominated Tanzania’s rural economic setup with...
SeminarJakob Svensson on the low quality trap: evidence from the market for maize in Uganda
Jakob Svensson will present at the WIDER Seminar Series on 16 October 2019. Abstract - The low quality trap: evidence from the market for maize in Uganda Agriculture remains the main source of income for the large majority of the world’s poor...
Working PaperAgricultural development, trade, and income distribution: A 2015 social accounting matrix multiplier decomposition approach for Mozambique
This paper considers the impact of agriculture and international trade development on income distribution and economic activity in Mozambique...Agriculture Income distribution multiplier effects
Working PaperExploring the potential for growth and trade in fruit and oilseed-to-edible oils value chains following political shifts in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s persistent economic challenges since the early 1990s have been largely attributed to unpopular political decisions at the expense of building productive capacity in different sectors of the economy...Agriculture Edible oils Oilseeds
Journal ArticleAgricultural extension, intra-household allocation and malaria
Can agricultural development programs improve health-related outcomes? We exploit a spatial discontinuity in the coverage of a large-scale agricultural extensionprogram in Uganda to causally identify its effects on malaria...Administrative law Agriculture Economic development
Journal ArticleLegal Empowerment of the Poor through Property Rights Reform: Tensions and Trade-offs of Land Registration and Titling in Sub-Saharan Africa
Part of Journal Special Issue Legal Empowerment and Group-Based InequalityProperty Land rights
Journal ArticleCan commercial farming promote rural dynamism in sub-Saharan Africa?: Evidence from Mozambique
The impact of commercial farms on smallholders in developing countries remains highly controversial...Agriculture Farm produce Welfare economics
Working PaperMarket constraints, misallocation, and productivity in Vietnam agriculture
We examine important changes in agriculture in Vietnam in the context of ongoing structural changes in the economy...Agriculture Misallocation Productivity
Working PaperImpacts of accessing extension on agricultural production profit: Empirical evidence from the Vietnam Access to Rural Households Survey
This paper aims to evaluate the impact of accessing agricultural extension on households’ agricultural profit...Agricultural extension Agriculture Fixed effects
Journal ArticleThe Happy Farmer: Self-Employment and Subjective Well-Being in Rural Vietnam
Using a unique survey data set this paper documents a positive effect of self-employment in farming on subjective well-being. This direct effect is only partly offset by negative, indirect effects working through income and other variables...Agriculture Job satisfaction Quality of life
Working PaperUnderstanding farmers’ valuation of agricultural insurance: Evidence from Vietnam
We employ a novel approach to investigate the reasons for a low demand for agricultural insurance. We confirm that farmers systematically undervalue agricultural insurance...Insurance Agriculture Risk