Radio and mobile phones bring life-changing solutions to rural womenAs thousands of farmers in central Tanzania battle with long spells of dry weather and erratic rainfall, with little hope of feeding their families, Juliana Yusuph is no longer worried.TAGS: GENDERRead More
Women's inclusion sparks large-scale infrastructure projects in remote Pacific islandDate: 6 June 2016 Women on a remote Pacific island are breaking cultural barriers by taking on roles that shape the future of their communities.TAGS: GENDERRead More
Defining and measuring state fragilityNo state wants to be defined as fragile. But J.J. Messner’s job as co-director of The Fund for Peace’s Fragile States Index is to do just this. The Index tracks and assesses the performance of 178 countries on social, economic and political indicators to measure their fragility.Read More
For a more stable and prosperous world, we must invest in long-term rural development, IFAD President tells member statesTo break the cycle that links fragility, hunger and poverty, there needs to be greater investment in long-term rural development, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), told government representatives gathered today for the opening of the 41st Governing Council.Read More
Bangladesh: Land of our ownIn South East Bangladesh, regular flooding - exacerbated by rising sea levels - displaces 26,000 people every year. People who are left homeless and landless after their homes are washed away resettle on newly formed river islands.Read More
Research and data
The Water Advantage: Seeking sustainable solutions for water stressAmong ecosystems services, freshwater is one of the most fundamental for life. For smallholders, water means the difference between a decent life and poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
Research Series Issue 21 - Does relative deprivation induce migration? Evidence from sub-Saharan AfricaThis paper challenges the traditional view that portrays income maximization as the main driver of migration and tests whether relative deprivation and social inequality lead to migration in sub-Saharan Africa. Examining data from the Living Standards Measurements Study – Integrated Surveys in Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda, the paper finds that a household’s migration decision is based not only on its well-being status, but also on the position of the household relative to the wealth distribution in the local community. Results indicate that relative deprivation of wealth was positively associated with migration, implying a need to renew the discussion of relative deprivation and social inequality as a cause of migration in sub-Saharan Africa.
Research Series Issue 20 - Transformation and Diversification of the Rural Economy in AsiaThis paper examines the transformation and diversification of the rural economy in Asia, focusing on the role and importance of the rural non-farm economy and employment in economic transformation and related diversification of employment and income opportunities for rural communities.
Research Series Issue 21 - Does relative deprivation induce migration? Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa
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