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Highlights from millions fed: Proven successes in agricultural development

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  • Spielman, David J.
  • Pandya-Lorch, Rajul

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Learning from successes in agricultural development is now more urgent than ever. Progress in feeding the world’s billions has slowed, while the challenge of meeting future food needs remains enormous and is subject to new uncertainties in the global food and agricultural systems. In the late 1950s around a billion people were estimated to go hungry every day. Scientists, policymakers, farmers, and ordinary people initiated a concerted push to boost agricultural production and productivity in developing countries. Great strides were also made in improving the quality of food and the ability of vulnerable people to access food needed for survival. All these efforts have done more than just feed millions. They have also demonstrated that agriculture can be a key driver of growth and development for many of the world’s poorest countries.

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This book is provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series IFPRI books with number Millions Fed Booklet: 2009 and published in 2009.

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Keywords: Developing countries; Food prices; Poverty reduction; Hunger; malnutrition; Agricultural research; Agricultural technology; food security; Agricultural development; Climate change; Agricultural markets; Agricultural policies; Science and technology;

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  1. Macedo, Jorge Braga de, 2010. "Global crisis and national policy responses: together alone?," FEUNL Working Paper Series, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia wp546, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia.
  2. Spielman, David J. & Kolady, Deepthi E. & Cavalieri, Anthony & Rao, N. Chandrasekhara, 2014. "The seed and agricultural biotechnology industries in India: An analysis of industry structure, competition, and policy options," Food Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 88-100.
  3. Maredia, Mywish K. & Raitzer, David A., 2012. "Review and analysis of documented patterns of agricultural research impacts in Southeast Asia," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 106(1), pages 46-58.
  4. Kolady, Deepthi & Spielman, David J. & Cavalieri, Anthony J., 2010. "Intellectual property rights, private investment in research, and productivity growth in Indian agriculture: A review of evidence and options," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1031, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  5. Fields, Gary, 2012. "Aid, Growth, and Jobs," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  6. Gruère, Guillaume & Narrod, Clare & Abbott, Linda, 2011. "Agricultural, food, and water nanotechnologies for the poor: Opportunities, constraints, and role of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research," IFPRI discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 1064, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  7. Fields, Gary S., 2013. "Aid, Growth, and Jobs," IZA Discussion Papers 7141, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Noltze, Martin & Schwarze, Stefan & Qaim, Matin, 2011. "Understanding the adoption of systemic innovations in smallholder agriculture: the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Timor Leste," 2011 International Congress, August 30-September 2, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland, European Association of Agricultural Economists 114604, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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