This one-week Internet course is targeted specifically at trade practitioners in small or medium South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan, and Maldives). Its goal is to provide useful insights and better understanding of trade facilitation, transit, and logistics constraints preventing optimal export diversification in those countries.
Food prices have increased by an estimated 40 percent globally since 2007. This increase has had a disproportionate effect on many developing nations, where families often spend more than half their income on food.
I just returned from the Mekong Delta – Vietnam’s “rice basket” – to look at the results of development projects partly financed by the World Bank. With rice prices going through the roof, I expected to see farmers enjoying a financial boom. But, reality was more nuanced and underscored how difficult it is to grow more rice at the drop of a bamboo hat.
In times of off-the charts oil prices and environmental concerns, it may be surprising to find out that thousands of people graduate every year to go work in the oil industry. The Wall Street Journal published an article analyzing where these graduates are coming from. During the 70s and 80s, most petroleum graduates came from Texas A&M and other top U.S. and European institutions, says the article.
High food prices on the international markets are getting a lot of attention and are leading to different types of policy action in different countries. Discussions on the impact of international commodity prices on domestic prices often look at how much food countries import.
What does the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 and its mandatory doubling of renewable fuel additives by 2012 have to do with access to finance? A recent paper uses the sudden increase in demand for U.S.
This group of Kenyans singing the Indian anthem is part of Pangea Day. In 2006, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim won the annual TED award.
So the last couple of days have been – how should I put it? – intense.