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Agricultural Policies and Their Impact on Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned from Three Water Basins in Cape Verde

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  • Serafin Corral

    () (Departmento of Economía Aplicada y Métodos Cuantitativos, Universidad de La Laguna, 38071 Canary Islands, Spain)

  • Alayde Serruto Díaz

    () (Departmento of Economía Aplicada y Métodos Cuantitativos, Universidad de La Laguna, 38071 Canary Islands, Spain)

  • Maria Del Cristo Monagas

    () (Departmento of Economía Aplicada y Métodos Cuantitativos, Universidad de La Laguna, 38071 Canary Islands, Spain)

  • Eduardo Cuenca García

    () (Departamento de Economía Internacional y de España, Universidad de Granada, 18011 Granada, Spain)

Abstract

Agriculture is the main driving force of rural economies so there is a need to promote sustainable rural development and hence improve the living conditions of local communities. This article analyses the role of agricultural policies in reducing poverty in rural communities. Two aspects will be analysed: firstly, whether there has been a reduction in poverty in the basins analysed for the period 2006–2013; and secondly, whether that poverty reduction, to the extent that it has occurred, has been due to the agricultural policies applied. The analysis shows that the agricultural policies implemented helped to diversify and enhance agricultural production, so that a reduction in effective poverty occurred. However, these policies need to work jointly and in harmony with other economic sectors.

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  • Serafin Corral & Alayde Serruto Díaz & Maria Del Cristo Monagas & Eduardo Cuenca García, 2017. "Agricultural Policies and Their Impact on Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned from Three Water Basins in Cape Verde," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(10), pages 1-18, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:9:y:2017:i:10:p:1841-:d:114935
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    1. Danilson Varela & Filipa Monteiro & Patrícia Vidigal & Luís Silva & Maria M. Romeiras, 2020. "Mechanisms Implemented for the Sustainable Development of Agriculture: An Overview of Cabo Verde Performance," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(14), pages 1-19, July.
    2. Sauk-Hee Park & Kwang-Min Moon, 2019. "The Economic Effects of Research-led Agricultural Development Assistance: The Case of Korean Programs on International Agriculture," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(19), pages 1-15, September.

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    Keywords

    agricultural policies; poverty reduction; river-basin management; Cape Verde;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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