Some of Our Recent Publications:
Please note that most of the publications are in a PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it here.
Using Public Foodgrain Stocks to Enhance Food Security, prepared for government and development partner practitioners, revisits the issues and evidence concerning grain stocks, interest to which rekindled after the recent global food price spikes. The report takes the form of an evidence-based review of developing country experience in using pubic stocks for both price stabilization and emergency and food safety net assistance, to achieve food security objectives. The report provides a framework for thinking about the issue, country examples of what worked and what has not, and guidance to practitioners.
Following the recent world food price spikes, there has been increased attention on better understanding the drivers of food prices, their impacts on the poor, and policy response options. Responding to Higher and More Volatile World Food Prices provides a framework around which analysis of the drivers of food price levels and volatility are derived, with suggested responses to reduce average food price levels and volatility, and to reduce the negative impact of food price shocks on food security.
Increasing agricultural productivity, enhancing resilience to climate change, and reducing the emissions from agriculture are triple imperatives that require scaling up of sustainable land management practices that purposefully sequester carbon. Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils describes the productivity and climate benefits of such land management technologies, and improves the knowledge base that informs investment decisions in these technologies.
People, Pathogens and Our Planet – Volume 2: The Economics of One Health makes the case for controlling zoonotic diseases (i.e. diseases transmitted between animals and humans). More specifically, the report provides information on the costs and benefits of the One Health approach, which refers to the collaborative efforts of medical, veterinary and environmental professionals to more efficiently and effectively control these diseases.
Hidden Harvests: The Global Contribution of Capture Fisheries provides a disaggregated profile of the world’s small- and large-scale fisheries and an estimate of their contributions to the gross domestic product, food security, and rural livelihoods. The study is directed at decision makers, the development community, and professionals to uncover the hidden importance of the fisheries sector with a view to increasing its economic and environmental contributions in a sustainable manner.
Agricultural Innovation Systems: An Investment Sourcebook contributes to the identification, design, and implementation of investments most likely to strengthen innovation systems and to promote innovation and equitable growth. The book provides a menu of tools, operational guidance, examples, and good practice lessons: besides a strong research and development capacity, components of an effective agricultural innovation system include collective action and coordination; technical and soft skills, incentives, and resources to form partnerships and develop businesses; and enabling conditions that make innovation possible. More information: www.worldbank.org/ard/ais
ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and Institutions is designed to support development practitioners in exploring the use of or developing, implementing, and investing in information and communication technology (ICT)-enabled agriculture interventions. The book is a compilation of modules related to 14 agricultural subsectors. Each module covers the challenges, lessons learned, and enabling factors associated with using ICT to improve smallholder livelihoods in these subsectors. More information: www.ictinagriculture.org
Toolkit for Enhancing Carbon Stocks and Reducing C02 Emissions in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Projects provides a framework that allows project proponents and task team members to create a baseline scenario for carbon stock enhancement to mitigate climate change. The toolkit outlines steps and procedures that need to be complied at different stages of implementation to ensure climate change mitigation.
The Land Governance Assessment Framework: Identifying and Monitoring Good Practice in the Land Sector presents a framework (the LGAF) to assess land governance at the country level, based on existing evidence. In doing so, the LGAF points toward areas where further study is needed, identifies options for regulatory or institutional change, and helps planning for the conduct and evaluation of pilot programs. The LGAF provides policy makers with a quick overview of the quality of land governance in key areas.
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