Asia

Area code (UN M.49)
142

By Roy Prosterman

Asia’s Tigers, the collection of booming economies that emerged in the East following World War II, are often hailed as economic miracles. There was, though, no “secret sauce” behind that sustained and broad-based economic growth. Rather, as Myanmar is poised to show, the key ingredient for a Tiger economy can be found right beneath our feet.

Journal Articles & Books
June 2006

Le caractère « plurilocal » des systèmes de subsistance ruraux est nettement plus prononcé qu'on ne le pense souvent, de nombreuses personnes du milieu rural passant une partie de l'année hors de leur village dans des emplois non agricoles. Contrairement à une théorie déjà ancienne, la migration circulaire (ou saisonnière) dans un même pays ou entre pays voisins est maintenant reconnue comme le type de migration des pauvres. Cela n'est nulle part plus évident qu'en Asie.

Journal Articles & Books
June 2010

Les pays en développement d'Asie doivent faire face à l'année la plus difficile depuis la crise financière de 1997/1998. L'effondrement du commerce mondial suite à la crise économique globale a été lourd de conséquences pour les industries manufacturières de la région. Les ménages ruraux ont particulièrement souffert de ce recul en raison de la perte d'emplois hors du secteur agricole.

Journal Articles & Books

Rural livelihoods are far more multi-locational than is often assumed with many rural people spending a part of the year outside the village working in non-farm occupations. Contrary to early theory, persistent circular or seasonal migration within countries or between neighbouring countries is emerging as the migration pattern of the poor. Nowhere is this more evident than in Asia.

Journal Articles & Books
July 2009

The Himalayan region is not only tectonically active and ecologically fragile but is it also one of the most economically underdeveloped and most densely populated mountain ecosystems on the planet. These natural as well as human characteristics render the Himalayan region highly vulnerable to the impacts of development, degradation and climate change and in particular the impact of melting of glaciers and changes in the patterns of precipitation.

Journal Articles & Books
March 2011

Livestock intensification in developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia, may increase the incidence of epidemics that kill both humans and animals, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) warns. Livestock numbers are rising sharply due to population growth and the rise in affluence, as both factors lead to increased demand for milk, meat and eggs. 

Journal Articles & Books
November 2014

The growing global demand for animal products also offers poor livestock keepers the opportunity to switch from the subsistence to the market economy. Our author gives an account of three approaches in the meat and dairy sector in Africa and Asia with their respective potentials and limitations – and also warns against possible negative effects.

Until now, a comprehensive study of national-level expropriation, compensation, and resettlement procedures in 50 countries across has not been conducted. My PhD research project, facilitated by the University of Groningen Faculty of Law, aims to bridge this gap by providing a broad comparative analysis of nation legal frameworks in 50 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America to determine whether legal procedures in these countries adopt internationally recognized standards on expropriation, compensation, and resettlement.

Institutional & promotional materials
December 2007

Este documento es un summary del Informe sobre el desarrollo mundial 2008, realizado por el personal del Banco Internacional de Reconstrucción y Fomento/Banco Mundial. La agricultura es un instrumento de desarrollo fundamental para alcanzar el objetivo de desarrollo del milenio de reducir la proporción de personas que padecen hambre y viven en la extrema pobreza a la mitad para 2015. Éste es el mensaje general del Informe sobre el desarrollo mundial de este año, la 30a entrega de esta publicación.

Reports & Research
December 2007

Leyendo el informe titulado: “El verdadero costo de los agrocombustibles Alimentación,bosques y clima”, podremos descubrir cuán ilógicos, inapropiados y directamente contraproducentes pueden ser estos biocombustibles; cómo están ya trastornando a miles de familias alrededor del mundo, que se ven desalojadas para dar paso a plantaciones de“biomasa”; cómo vastas áreas de bosques están siendo destruidas para plantar palma aceitera, maíz y otros productos oleaginosos, y cómo asoma en el horizonte el uso generalizado de plantas y árboles transgénicos que amenazan la salud de los bosques naturale