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The Agriculture and Rural Development Series

Seventy-five percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas and most are involved in farming.  In the 21st century, agriculture remains fundamental to economic growth, poverty alleviation, and environmental sustainability.  The World Bank's Agriculture and Rural Development publication series presents recent analyses of issues that affect agriculture's role as a source of economic development, rural livelihoods, and environmental services. The series is intended for practical application, and we hope that it will serve to inform public discussion, policy formulation, and development planning.

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Agribusiness and Innovation Systems in Africa

Agricultural Innovation Systems: An Investment Sourcebook | Overview 

Agricultural Land Redistribution Toward Greater Consensus 

Agriculture Investment Sourcebook

Bioenergy Development: Issues and Impacts for Poverty and Natural Resource Management

Building Competitiveness in Africa's Agriculture: A Guide to Value Chain Concepts and Applications

Changing the Face of the Waters: The Promise and Challenges of Sustainable Aquaculture

Enhancing Agricultural Innovation: How to Go Beyond the Strengthening of Research Systems (Spanish language edition)

Forests Sourcebook: Practical Guidance for Sustaining Forests in Development Cooperation

Gender and Governance In Rural Services: Insights from India, Ghana, and Ethiopia 

Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook 

The Land Governance Assessment Framework

Organization and Performance of Cotton Sectors in Africa: Learning from Experience

Reforming Agricultural Trade for Developing Countries: Volume 1, Key Issues for a Pro-Development Outcome of the Doha Round

Reforming Agricultural Trade for Developing Countries: Volume 2, Quantifying the Impact of Multilateral Trade Reform

Rising Global Interest in Farmland

Shaping the Future of Water for Agriculture: A Sourcebook for Investment in Agricultural Water Management 

The Sunken Billions: The Economic Justification for Fisheries Reform

Sustainable Land Management: Challenges, Opportunities, and Trade-offs (Spanish Language Edition)

Sustainable Land Management Sourcebook 

Sustaining Forests: A Development Strategy 




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