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Rural Poverty in Developing Countries; Issues and Policies

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  • Mahmood Hasan Khan

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In most developing countries, poverty is more widespread and severe in rural than in urban areas. The author reviews some important aspects of rural poverty and draws key implications for public policy. He presents a policy framework for reducing poverty, taking into account the functional differences and overlap between the rural poor. Several policy options are delineated and explained, including stable management of the macroeconomic environment, transfer of assets, investment in and access to the physical and social infrastructure, access to credit and jobs, and provision of safety nets. Finally, some guideposts are identified for assessing strategies to reduce rural poverty.

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  • Mahmood Hasan Khan, 2000. "Rural Poverty in Developing Countries; Issues and Policies," IMF Working Papers 00/78, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:00/78
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    Keywords

    Developing countries; Poverty; Rural poverty; developing countries; issues and policies; rural poverty; health care; agricultural growth; agricultural land; rural women;

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