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Social, Economic and Policy Research

Despite economic growth in some dry areas, data show that poverty is increasing. A significant portion of the non-poor population is also vulnerable to lapsing into poverty as a result of climate variability and change, and other factors, including conflict or unrest.

This program is all about understanding rural poverty, livelihood strategies, and gender, in order to better target research and development investments. The gender nature of agricultural production influences our research and approach to defining pro-poor interventions, especially the empowerment of women.