There are many kinds of rice and one of the most popular varieties in Myanmar is called Emata. This word literally means that it’s so delicious that a visitor is still sitting and eating. Emata…

Sergiy Zorya |

At the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali on December 2013, all WTO members reached an agreement on trade facilitation and a compromise on food security issues, a contentious topic…

Bill Gain, Ankur Huria, Kaori Niina |

Hardly a week goes by without my hearing the statement, “It’s not the What; it’s the How.”  On the reform of energy subsidies in the Middle East and North Africa, for instance, the discussion is…

Shanta Devarajan |

Il ne se passe guère de semaine sans que j’entende quelqu’un affirmer que ce qui importe, ce n’est pas ce qu’on fait mais la manière dont on le fait. Prenez la réforme des subventions énergétiques…

Shanta Devarajan |

También disponible en: English   Casi no pasa una semana sin que escuche la frase: “no es el qué; sino el cómo”.  En el caso de la reforma de los subsidios a la energía en Oriente Medio y Norte de…

Shanta Devarajan |

A farmer in Myanmar plows a rice field. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi / World Bank   I met a young rice farmer during my recent trip to Myanmar. He has a tiny plot of land on the outskirts of the…

Sergiy Zorya |

There is clear and present danger that another global food price crisis will emerge sooner than later.  A key signal is the lackluster result of the December 2013 Ministerial meeting of the World…

Bruce Tolentino |

Video Blog: World Bank Vice President for East Asia & Pacific on his Visit to Chin State, Myanmar Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Vice President for East Asia & the Pacific, visited…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Part of the World Bank’s new vision is to step up its efforts to help fragile and conflict-afflicted states break the vicious cycle of poverty. But this is no easy task.   The destruction of…

Massimiliano Calì |