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Six characters (and a few more) in search of an author: how to rescue rural development before it's too late

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Rural development has not received the priority and attention warranted by the present and future concentration of poverty in rural areas. Is this perhaps because rural development agencies present conflicting narratives? A framework is presented within which to answer that question, and is then applied to the recent policy statements of the European Union (EU), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Deveopment (IFAD), and the World Bank. Each policy statement is compelling in its own way, but the strategies are not consistent. A narrative is needed, which recognizes the rapid pace of change in rural areas, acknowledges the need for diversification out of agriculture, builds market institutions for growth, and works effectively within the current international consensus on poverty reduction, emphasising opportunity, empowerment, and security. Copyright 2005 International Association of Agricultural Economics.

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  • Simon Maxwell, 2005. "Six characters (and a few more) in search of an author: how to rescue rural development before it's too late," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 32(s1), pages 61-73, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:agecon:v:32:y:2005:i:s1:p:61-73
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    1. Bezemer, Dirk & Headey, Derek, 2008. "Agriculture, Development, and Urban Bias," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(8), pages 1342-1364, August.
    2. Ozgur Kaya & Ilker Kaya & Lewell Gunter, 2013. "Foreign Aid and the Quest for Poverty Reduction: Is Aid to Agriculture Effective?," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 64(3), pages 583-596, September.
    3. Larson, Donald F. & Sarris, Alexander, 2009. "The performance of Bulgarian food markets during reform," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4876, The World Bank.
    4. Vermeulen, Hester & Kirsten, Johann F. & Sartorius, Kurt, 2008. "Contracting arrangements in agribusiness procurement practices in South Africa," Agrekon, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), vol. 0(Issue 2), pages 1-24, June.

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