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Cover Economics of Food Price Volatility

Influences of Agricultural Technology on the Size and Importance of Food Price Variability

Publication Date: January, 2014

This paper explores different dimensions of the role of agricultural technology in contributing to or mitigating the consequences of variability in agricultural production, both in the past and looking forward.

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The State of Food and Agriculture 2014

The State of Food and Agriculture 2014: Innovation in Family Farming

Publication Date: January, 2014

This report analyses family farms and the role of innovation in ensuring global food security, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

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Public Agricultural R&D over the Past Half Century: An Emerging New World Order

Publication Date: November, 2013

In this article, we present entirely new evidence on investments in public agricultural R&D worldwide as an indicator of the prospects for agricultural productivity growth over the coming decades.

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Agricultural R&D and Food Security of the Poor

Publication Date: September, 2013

Agricultural R&D accomplished a great deal in the 20th century, especially during the past 50 years. The resulting innovations have reduced poverty and improved the food security of the poor by helping to make food much more abundant and cheaper and reducing the vulnerability of the poor to food price shocks.

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Agricultural Innovation: The United States in a Changing Global Reality

Publication Date: April, 2013

This report looks at the processes of agricultural innovation and the role of R&D in increasing agricultural productivity.

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The Economics of Innovation and Technical Change in Agriculture

Publication Date: January, 2010

Innovation in agriculture differs from innovation elsewhere in the economy in several important ways. In this chapter we highlight differences arising from (a) the atomistic nature of agricultural production, (b) the spatial specificity of agricultural technologies and the implications for spatial spillovers and the demand for adaptive research, and (c) the role of coevolving pests and diseases and changing weather and climate giving rise to demands for maintenance research, and other innovations that reduce the susceptibility of agricultural production to these uncontrolled factors.

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Innovation Implications

Publication Date: May, 2009

This book has helped to articulate the nature and magnitude of the (potentially large) economic gains to be reaped by deploying agricultural R&D resources more effectively throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Strategic Approaches to Targeting Technology Generation: Assessing the Coincidence of Poverty and Drought-prone Crop Production

Publication Date: August, 2008

Current and future crop improvement efforts will focus more on marginal environments, especially those prone to drought. The objective of this research is to guide crop improvement efforts by prioritizing areas of high poverty, the key problem of high drought risk and the crops grown and consumed in these areas.

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Agricultural Innovation: Investments and Incentives

Publication Date: January, 2007

In this chapter we present an overview of the globally evolving structure of funding and performance of agricultural research.