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

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  • Haggblade, Steven
  • Hazell, Peter
  • Reardon, Thomas

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Summary 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.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 10 (October)
Pages: 1429-1441

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:38:y:2010:i:10:p:1429-1441

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Keywords: non-farm rural poverty inequality;

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