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close this bookRural Finance and Poverty Alleviation - Food Policy Report (IFPRI, 1998, 32 p.)
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View the documentCommitting Public Resources to Rural Finance
View the documentInformal Markets: What Lessons Can We Learn from Them?
View the documentPublic Policy: Supporting Institutional Innovation
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Manfred Zeller and Manohar Sharma


JUNE 1998

The International Food Policy Research Institute was established in 1975 to identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting food needs of the developing world on a sustainable basis, with particular emphasis on low-income countries and on the poorer groups in those countries. While the research effort is geared to the precise objective of contributing to the reduction of hunger and malnutrition, the factors involved are many and wide-ranging, requiring analysis of underlying processes and extending beyond a narrowly defined food sector. The Institute’s research program reflects worldwide collaboration with governments and private and public institutions interested in increasing food production and improving the equity of its distribution. Research results are disseminated to policymakers, opinion formers, administrators, policy analysts, researchers, and others concerned with national and international food and agricultural policy.

IFPRI is a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and receives support from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, CARE, China, Colombia, Denmark, the European Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, France, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, India, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Development Research Centre (Canada), the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Land and Agriculture Policy Centre (South Africa), Malawi, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Norway, the Overseas Development Institute, the Philippines, the Rockefeller Foundation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations Development Programme, the United States, and the World Bank.