The Rural Non-farm Economy: Prospects for Growth and Poverty Reduction

Haggblade, S. and Hazell, P. and Reardon, T. (2010) The Rural Non-farm Economy: Prospects for Growth and Poverty Reduction. World Development, 38 (10). pp. 1429-1441.

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Policy makers have high expectations for the rural non-farm economy (RNFE). Given high income shares, growing employment, and frequently low capital requirements, they see the RNFE as a potential pathway out of poverty for their rural poor. Yet available evidence suggests that pro-poor rural non-farm growth does not occur automatically. For the poor to benefit from rural non-farm growth, policy makers must stimulate buoyant rural economies, with robust non-farm income growth, not simply low-productivity employment. Moreover, the poor must gain access to growing market niches. Fluid labor markets provide one important bridge linking the rural poor to growing non-farm opportunities

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: non-farm; rural; poverty; Inequality
Author Affiliation: Michigan State University, USA
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Ms Ishrath Durafsha
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 08:29
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 08:29
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