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(IFPRI) was established in 1975. IFPRI is one of 15 agricultural research centers that receive principal funding from governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations, most of which are members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Notices 1 Effective January 2007, the Discussion Paper series(More)
As the global population grows and incomes in poor countries rise, so too, will the demand for food, placing additional pressure on sustainable food production. Climate change adds a further challenge , as changes in temperature and precipitation threaten agricultural productivity and the capacity to feed the world's population. This study assesses how(More)
This paper develops a simple model of land use with roots in von Thunen's work. A cross-section version of the model is estimated with data from a satellite image and other geographical sources for a region in central Mexico. Parameters from the model are used to examine the effects of reduced human activity. If variables that proxy human influence are(More)
Agricultural Economics, Purdue University. I am grateful to Navin Ramankutty for many conversations on this topic and for broadening my horizons on the topic of global land use. Valuable conversations with Nikos Alexandratos, Over the past three years, there has been a convergence of interest in the global farm and food system and its contributions to(More)
Understanding determinants of land use in developing countries has become a priority for researchers and policy makers with a wide range of interests. For the vast majority of these land use issues, the location of change is as important as its magnitude. This overview paper highlights new economic approaches to modeling land use determinants that combine(More)
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was established in 1975. IFPRI is one of 15 agricultural research centers that receive principal funding from governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations, most of which are members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Notices 1(More)
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) was established in 1975. IFPRI is one of 15 agricultural research centers that receive principal funding from governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations, most of which are members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Notices 1(More)
This paper provides an overview of what the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) calls " indirect and direct drivers " of change in ecosystem services at a global level. The MA definition of a driver is any natural or human-induced factor that directly or indirectly causes a change in an ecosystem. A direct driver unequivocally influences ecosystem(More)