Policy Brief: Physical and Virtual Global Food Reserves to Protect the Poor and Prevent Market Failure


The current food crisis has several causes—rising demand for food and feed, biofuels, high oil prices, climate change, stagnant agricultural productivity growth—but there is increasing evidence that the crisis is being made worse by the malfunctioning of world grain markets. Given the thinness of major markets for cereals, the restrictions on grain exports imposed by … Continue reading Policy Brief: Physical and Virtual Global Food Reserves to Protect the Poor and Prevent Market Failure

Policy Brief: Information and Communication Technologies for the Poor


Access to information through ICTs is a question not only of connectivity but also of capability to use the new tools and relevant content provided in accessible and useful forms. Connectivity has been a priority and a prerequisite. Given the speed at which technologies are evolving and can move, costs could fall significantly, facilitating adoption.