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Enabling the Business of Agriculture

  • Enabling the Business of Agriculture

    Improving agriculture regulations in low and middle income countries could go a long way toward feeding the world’s growing population and improving farmers’ livelihoods around the world, says the latest edition of the World Bank Group’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) 2017 report.

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    Better Governance Needed for Equitable Growth

    The WDR 2017: Governance and the Law report explores the reasons government policies succeed or fail. It urges a new approach to governance to encourage growth and more equal and peaceful societies.
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    Industrial Commodities Prices Forecast to Jump in 2017

    Prices for industrial commodities, including energy and metals, appear to have bottomed out last year and are anticipated to rise sharply in 2017 on tight supplies and strong demand, the World Bank's quarterly Commodity Markets Outlook says.

  • Mobile Data Apps

    For iOS and Android
  • ADePT

    Software platform for automated economic analysis
  • iSimulate

    Platform for performing macroeconomic simulations
  • PovCalNet

    Poverty Analysis Tool assess global poverty incidence figures
  • PovMap

    Provides computational solutions to poverty mapping activities
  • CAPI

    Software for conducting complex surveys with dynamic structures using tablet devices

Key Reports
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    Global Growth Edges Up to 2.7 Percent Despite Weak Investment

    Global economic growth is forecast to accelerate moderately to 2.7 percent in 2017 after a post-crisis low last year as obstacles to activity recede among emerging market and developing economy commodity exporters, while domestic demand remains solid among emerging and developing commodity importers
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    Global Economy Sees Sharp Contraction in Short-Term Debt Flows

    For the first time since the financial crisis, principal repayments on external debt held by low- and middle-income countries exceeded lending inflows, according to International Debt Statistics 2017.