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Promoting the Adoption of New Rice Varieties

Over the past decades, agricultural productivity has stagnated in much of sub-Saharan Africa while many other regions have seen dramatic productivity improvements. As a result, many African countries do not produce enough staple food to meet their growing consumption needs. Sierra Leone, a net exporter of rice in the 1960s, must now import a third of its total consumption at a high cost. Low rice production is a threat to food security for vulnerable groups, particularly the rural poor who grow rice as their primary staple diet.

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Livestock Asset Transfers With and Without Training: Evidence from Rwanda

We present evidence from Rwanda's Girinka (`One Cow per Poor Family') program that has distributed more than 130,000 livestock asset transfers in the form of cows to the rural poor since 2006. Supply side constraints on the programme resulted in some beneciaries receiving complementary training with the cow transfer, and other households not receiving such training with their cow.
 
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Management Practices in Manufacturing

Recent literature has documented surprising differences in firm-level performance between and within developing and more developed countries (Syverson 2011, Hsieh and Klenow 2009, Joner and Romer 2010). Poor management practices are likely an important factor behind the lower levels of development in Asia, Africa and Latin America, hampering the manufacturing sector’s ability to innovate, exploit new technologies and react to the challenges and opportunities of globalization.

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Reclaiming Prosperity in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: A Medium Term Strategy for Inclusive Growth

The citizens of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have suffered a series of external shocks over an extended period of time that has eroded living standards. These include the fall-out from over three decades of the Afghan conflict, spill-over of the militancy in FATA, devastation caused by the 2005 earthquake, internal displacement of 3 million people following the conflict in Swat in 2009, and the damage inflicted by unprecedented floods in 2010.
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The Diffusion of Mobile Money: Evidence from a Lab Experiment in the Field

The success story of M-PESA in Kenya raised hopes that massive mobile money adoption would promote financial inclusion of the poor. This is particularly true in sub-Saharan Africa where the poor had very limited access to formal financial services before the introduction of mobile money technology. In Mozambique, recent research has shown considerable adoption of mobile money in rural areas within one year of its introduction. However, it remains to be understood how information and adoption diffusion occurs in the case of this innovation.

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