Author: Tina Rosenberg

Upward mobility for the ultrapoor

CreditZakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images There’s poor, and then there’s ultrapoor. The ultrapoor are almost always women and largely found in Africa, South Asia and to a lesser extent, parts of Latin America. They are most often rural.…

A green revolution in Africa

Last month was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution. In 1944, Borlaug moved to Mexico to work on breeding high-yield, disease-resistant strains of wheat. Mexico adopted them — and in 1970, wheat…

Solving the Distribution Problem

[Editor’s Note:  As the following article notes, distribution of goods to the rural poor is a major problem in developing countries that is often overlooked.  Poor infrastructure increases the time and costs of reaching remote locations and low incomes of…