We rarely give the toilet a second thought. We use it when we need to, and we flush and forget. We are also able to conveniently wash our hands afterwards. But imagine if you are on a long hiking…

Johannes Zutt |

Join me in a Twitter Chat on why global food prices remain high on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. ET/15:00 GMT. I'll be tweeting from @worldbanklive with hashtag #foodpriceschat. Ask questions beforehand…

José Cuesta |

“They say this land will change next year”, Kallo said. We were standing on the edge of her barren land, just after a late monsoon down poor. Even when wet, I could see the land was useless, it…

Onno Ruhl |

Why Sanitation Access Doesn’t Work Unless the Entire Village Buys In Jitender is a four-year old boy with forward-thinking parents. Although it’s common in his village, in the Indian state of…

Luis Andres, Juan Echenique, Ashma Basnyat, Rahul Kanakia |

I have been visiting coastal Odisha for the past four years, earlier when we were preparing the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) and subsequently during project implementation.  …

Saurabh Dani |

Many countries use trade policy to protect their own consumers from spikes in international food prices. It turns out that this well-intentioned practice can actually do more harm than good.…

Will Martin, Kym Anderson |

In the last five years, higher food prices have provoked government interventions in agricultural markets across the globe, often in the name of protecting the poor. But do higher food prices…

Agribusiness can help Nepal's products claim a larger share of the global market  (Credit: World Bank) Take a moment and think about where you would go for the best tea, coffee or dumplings.…

Anushka Thewarapperuma |

Globally, 165 million children under age 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition – also known as stunting, or low height for age. Much of this damage happens in pregnancy and the first two years of a…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

Social Entrepreneurs: the Government of Bihar wants to partner with you!   Traditionally, both government and the private sector have struggled to reach remote and poverty stricken parts of India…

Parmesh Shah, Abhishek Gupta, Supriya Kumar, Debaraj Behera |