There are many kinds of rice and one of the most popular varieties in Myanmar is called Emata. This word literally means that it’s so delicious that a visitor is still sitting and eating. Emata…

Sergiy Zorya |

At the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali on December 2013, all WTO members reached an agreement on trade facilitation and a compromise on food security issues, a contentious topic…

Bill Gain, Ankur Huria, Kaori Niina |

The ancient cities of Bagan, Myanmar, and Luang Prabang, of Lao PDR offer today’s travelers a nostalgic vision of South East Asia: timeless landscapes and exquisite architecture. This vision is in…

Morten Larsen |

Also available in: Español Climate change presents serious and growing risks to the global economic system, with a number of recent studies showing the impact that climate change is already having…

Thomas Kerr |

Also available in Français | Español | 中文 In January, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim urged the audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos to look closely at a young, promising form of…

Heike Reichelt, Alexandra Klöpfer |

Last week the New York Times featured an editorial suggesting that the World Bank should become a remittance center. Remittances are the "largest and arguably most effective antipoverty…

Dilip Ratha |

A farmer in Myanmar plows a rice field. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi / World Bank   I met a young rice farmer during my recent trip to Myanmar. He has a tiny plot of land on the outskirts of the…

Sergiy Zorya |

There is clear and present danger that another global food price crisis will emerge sooner than later.  A key signal is the lackluster result of the December 2013 Ministerial meeting of the World…

Bruce Tolentino |

Video Blog: World Bank Vice President for East Asia & Pacific on his Visit to Chin State, Myanmar Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Vice President for East Asia & the Pacific, visited…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Those unfamiliar with the fast growing emerging economies of East Asia are likely to think that governments in these countries let market forces and capitalism roam free, red in tooth and claw.…

Truman Packard |