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Conditional cash transfers works!

Something we picked up while browsing The Economist. Food for thought when planning anti-poverty programmes

The Economist

CELIA ORBOC, a cake-seller in the Philippines, spent her little stipend on a wooden shack, giving her five children a roof over their heads for the first time. In Kyrgyzstan Sharmant Oktomanova spent hers buying flour to feed six children. In Haiti President René Préval praises a dairy co-operative that gives mothers milk and yogurt when their children go to school.

These are examples of the world’s favourite new anti-poverty device, the conditional cash-transfer programme (CCT) in poor and middle-income countries. These schemes give stipends and food to the poorest if they meet certain conditions, such as that their children attend school, or their babies are vaccinated. Ten years ago there were a handful of such programmes and most were small. Now they are on every continent—even New York City has one—and they benefit millions.

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IFAD releases Rural Poverty Report 2011

Something to read and think over during your downtime…

The Rural Poverty Report 2011 is a comprehensive resource for policymakers and Rural Poverty Report 2011practitioners, especially those in developing countries.  The report looks at who poor rural people are, what they do and how their livelihoods are changing.  It explores the challenges that make it so difficult for rural people to overcome poverty, and identifies the opportunities and pathways that could lead towards greater prosperity for them and their communities.  And it highlights the policies and actions that governments and development practitioners can take to support the efforts of rural people themselves, both today and in the years to come.

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Filipino rice farmers’ socioecon status is improving

FarmFriday shares this interesting newsbit we picked up from PhilRice about a research they conducted that showed Filipino rice farmers have steadily improved their socio-economic status over the past 10 years or so. Any reactions?

There is a steady improvement in the social and economic status among Filipino rice farmers and their household for the last decade, according to a study conducted by the Socioeconomics Division (SED) of PhilRice.

The study Changing image of the Filipino rice farmer, led by Divina Gracia Vergara, focused on trends transpiring in rice-based farm households and rice lands, and among farmer operators in 33 provinces for the last ten years.

“This intensive study captures the farmers’ image from 1996 to 2007,” she said.

The study shows that the rice-based farm household income is increasing as gross household income raised from P68,974.85 in 1996-1997 to P127,799.95 in 2006-2007. The finding is also consistent with the result showing that almost 60 percent of the households are above poverty level (57 percent) in the 2006-2007.

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Another rice crisis in the offing?

HungerWednesday shares this disturbing news at Asia Sentinel we picked up from Manuel Quezon’s FB updates about the yet another rice crisis looming just up ahead.

“This year, I will not have enough rice to eat for the whole year,” says Kong Chanthorn, a rice farmer in Srayov Kharng Tbong village in Cambodia’s Kompong Thom province. “I am afraid I cannot earn the money to buy rice to support my families because this year its price is too high.”

Chanthorn is not alone. The global price of rice, a staple for half the world’s population, is rising inexorably again, up more than 25 percent in recent months, stoked by Philippine and Indian import demand although not to the stratospheric levels of late 2007 and early 2008. At that time the price rose from about US$300 per metric ton to as much as US$1,100. Prices later fell back to about US$400 as government panic subsided across the region and bans on export were lifted, and as planting pushed up stocks.

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IFAD earmarks $73M for 3 projects in RP

An interesting newsbit from the about IFAD’s new programs in the Philippines.

MANILA, Philippines—Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) plans to allocate some $73 million for three proposed projects on coastal resource management, agribusiness and upland developments in the country.

According to project documents, the amount represented Ifad’s share in the cost of the three proposed programs, which are scheduled for implementation from 2010 to 2014.

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Financial Crisis Conference monograph out now!

We are very pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of the activity monograph of the Regional Conference on the Impact of the Global Economic and Financial Crisis on the Vulnerable Sectors in the Region: Civil Society Voices and ASEAN.

The booklet is available in both digital and printed format. You can download the PDF here or drop by the AsiaDHRRA or Uni-APRO office for the printed version. Do let us know beforehand though as we have limited printed copies.

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