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Grow trees, young man!

Kenyan blogger Bankelele is a big fan of trees, predicting...

...profits of between 1 million and 6 million shillings per acre ($13,000 - $80,000 per acre) all from an initial crop of tree seedlings that can be bought for about 10 shillings each.

If these returns are real, why haven't they been competed away? The risks include fire, pests and insecure property rights:

Online contest: pro-poor market-based strategies

Changemakers.net is hosting an exciting new online contest:

Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship Initiative and Changemakers have launched a global search for innovative market-based strategies from both businesses and citizen sector organizations that improve the lives of low-income individuals in different parts of the world.

Connecting the Poor to Economic Growth: Eight Key Questions

Sarah Lucas and Peter Timmer offer eight questions to ask if you want to understand the connection between economic growth and poverty reduction. It does help if potential employers are legally allowed to give the excluded a try:

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