Central Asia’s future as a supplier of agri-products and livestock will depend on how food producers and processors in the region respond to the increased quality and safety demands of consumers,…

Lilia Burunciuc |

Whether matching drivers with riders or landlords with lodgers, digital platforms like Uber and AirBnB push the marginal cost of matching supply and demand to an unprecedented low. Large…

Julian Lampietti, Kyle Farrell |

Located on the western tip of the Himalayas, Tajikistan has abundant fresh water resources in its rivers, lakes, and glaciers. Yet, access to improved drinking water, and to sanitation connected…

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Emcet O. Tas |

As delegates are gathering this week in Tajikistan for the High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development, ” 2018-2028, it is an…

Soumya Balasubramanya, Claudia W. Sadoff |

This blogpost is part of a series of thematic blogs for the World Bank's Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic. Woman carries water containers near polluted stream…

Libbet Loughnan, Craig Kullmann |

Rainwater harvesting for drip irrigation, Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Photo credit: Wisions.net Everybody depends on it; there is no substitute for it if we run out; in some places, it’s more…

Jonas Jägermeyr |

Rural areas are changing rapidly, but the shift does not affect women and men in the same way. In the process of rural development and transformation, as employment for both women and men expands…

Vanya Slavchevska, Sanna Liisa Taivalmaa, Susan Kaaria |

For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Many countries measure poverty using annualized survey data generated on the basis of a one-time “snapshot” of household consumption. Such designs gather information for a single period of…

Joao Pedro Azevedo, William Seitz |

Central Asia is a fascinating region with a diverse natural environment and a rich food culture. A visitor to the region might be surprised, therefore, to discover that access to “sufficient, safe…

Polina Bogomolova, Yulia Mitusova |