A tiny green oasis stands out amidst acres of dry arid land. As many as 12 different crops—including a wide variety of pulses, fruits, vegetables, and flowers—as well as a farm pond constructed…

Smita Jacob |

Farmers in Bangladesh adapting to increased soil salinity and climate change. Barguna is at the very southern end of Bangladesh and looks nothing like the rest of the country.Bangladesh is very…

Naomi Ahmad |

Trade relations between India and Pakistan appear set to improve significantly with Pakistan likely to grant India Most Favored Nation (MFN) status. The potential gains from easier trading…

Tara Beteille, Kalpana Kochhar |

The Track Record Imagine adding the population of Sweden—somewhat under 10 million— to your labor force year after year for a decade. Insist that the wage workers among them earn increasing real…

Pradeep Mitra |

The seasonality of poverty and food deprivation is a common feature of rural livelihood in Bangladesh, but it is more marked in the northwest region of Rangpur.  The recently launched policy…

Shahid Khandker |

Bangladesh reduced poverty from 40 percent to 31.5 percent between 2005 and 2010, according the new Household Income & Expenditure Survey (HIES) 2010. Progress can also be seen in other…

Naomi Ahmad |

Taking high-quality affordable primary care to the rural poor with the help of handheld computers, telemedicine, and P4P. In our first post in this series, we showed how illness in India causes…

Adam Wagstaff, Sofi Bergkvist |

Poor sanitation has devastating—often overwhelming—consequences. As sanitation advocate Rose George writes in “Why there’s a Sanitation Crisis and What We Can Do About It, ” the health, social,…

Craig Kullmann |

We were in Kachnaria village, about 45 kms from the Biora Block headquarters in late May. Kachnaria has a population of 2600 with 290 households identified as extremely poor and supported by the…

Kalesh Kumar |

“My village is beautiful and I have lived here all my life. Even though life can be hard, I don’t want to go away.” Eight-year-old Zannati lives on the front lines of climate change in her cyclone…

Naomi Ahmad, Lisandro Martin |