Swati Dhingra, Silvana Tenreyro, 14 April 2020

Nearly 80% of the world’s poorest inhabitants live in rural areas and labour in agriculture. Because they lack the productive assets or infrastructure needed to market their produce, strategies intended to encourage agribusinesses-led development of such markets rank high on many policy agendas. Still, systematic studies of the efficacy of these policies remain scarce. This column examines the impact that promoting agribusiness-participation in crop markets has made in Kenya, and concludes that such policies are no panacea for low agricultural incomes.

Minouche Shafik, 07 June 2019

This week UN special rapporteur claimed the UK's social safety net has been "replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos". Dame Minouche Shafik, director of the LSE, talks to Tim Phillips about whether our welfare states can survive in their current form, and what might replace them.

Martin Ravallion, 23 December 2015

With the new UN Global Goals agreed this autumn, the issue of poverty is at the top of global agenda. This column presents a new book that reviews past and present debates on poverty in both rich and poor countries. The challenges ahead are in assuring the political will and administrative capabilities to implement and enforce sound anti-poverty policies, and in adapting them to differing circumstances and evolving knowledge about their efficacy.

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