A farmer sorts tomatoes in Ethiopia. Photo: Stephan Bachenheimer / World Bank Farming can be precarious. This is especially true if you are poor and living in an area susceptible to climate shocks…

Keiko Saito, Felix Lung |

Imagine yourself in the last century, walking down one of the streets of a large Central Asian city. You are surrounded by architecture dominated by the Soviet style, with common building types…

Joaquin Toro |

I was quite surprised recently to find out that a poll of 1, 066 people across Yerevan and all ten regions of Armenia revealed substantial gaps in public awareness of food safety and people's…

Vigen Sargsyan |

Reform of the residential and utilities sector in Ukraine is now imminent, as much as the modernization of law enforcement or reform of the public health care system. In fact, Ukrainians deal with…

Grzegorz Gajda |

In the last couple of months, we saw some amazing events making the news headlines. From World Bank President Jim Kim’s outstanding lecture at Georgetown University on “Lessons from Ebola”, to the…

Mariana Dahan |

In Tajikistan, primary health care (PHC) accounts for just 27 percent of public health spending and yet PHC accounts for over 70 percent of all referrals and health visits across the country.…

Sarvinoz Barfieva |

For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Over 90 percent of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, adding an estimated 70 million new…

Arturo Muente-Kunigami, Victor Mulas |