The World Bank : Jim Yong Kim: Lessons From Cote d'Ivoire Sources : The World Bank. Jim Yong Kim: Lessons From Cote d'Ivoire "I came to Cote d'Ivoire thinking about how countries can emerge from years of conflict and become stable with vibrant economies." — World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim HIGHLIGHTS • Severe Droughts Drive Food Prices Higher, Threatening Poor Global food prices soared by 10 percent in July from a month ago, with maize and soybean reaching all-time peaks, according to the latest Food Price Watch. • Ask Now: What's Hampering Good Jobs in the Arab World? What's standing in the way of good jobs in the Arab world? Ask questions now for a live chat on September 17. • Women Buoy Economic Gains in Latin America A new report shows that women's growing participation in the workforce had a major role in poverty reduction in the region. • China: Building Leaders in Urban Transport Planning A smart transport system is instrumental for the rising needs of the rapidly-growing urban population in the developing world, including China.