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Poverty and Agriculture in the Philippines: Trends in Income Poverty and Distribution

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  • Tabuga, Aubrey D.
  • Reyes, Celia M.
  • Asis, Ronina D.
  • Datu, Maria Blesila G.

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Poverty incidence in the Philippines is rising based on the national official data released by the National Statistical Coordination Board. Poverty incidence among population rose from 24.9 percent in 2003 to 26.4 percent in 2006 and then inched up further to 26.5 percent in 2009. This is in reverse of the downward trend and is a major deviation from the path toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The disparities across the regions remain wide both in terms of poverty and inequality measures. In this paper, we show the salient features of the country`s poverty situation in a hope to contribute to the existing knowledge about the poverty condition and to the formulation of better strategies for reducing poverty. It focuses on agriculture because it plays a central role in the poverty condition that continues to persist despite recent episodes of high economic progress the country has achieved.

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  • Tabuga, Aubrey D. & Reyes, Celia M. & Asis, Ronina D. & Datu, Maria Blesila G., 2012. "Poverty and Agriculture in the Philippines: Trends in Income Poverty and Distribution," Discussion Papers DP 2012-09, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2012-09
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    1. Mina, Christian D. & Reyes, Celia M. & Gloria, Reneli Ann B., 2015. "Targeting the Agricultural Poor: The Case of PCIC`s Special Programs," Discussion Papers DP 2015-08, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    2. Reyes, Celia M. & Mina, Christian D. & Agbon, Adrian D. & Arboneda, Arkin, 2017. "Crop Insurance Program of the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation: Integrative Report from the Five Case Regions in the Philippines," Discussion Papers DP 2017-39, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    3. Israel, Danilo C. & Briones, Roehlano M., 2014. "Enhancing Supply Chain Connectivity and Competitiveness of ASEAN Agricultural Products: Identifying Choke Points and Opportunities for Improvement," Discussion Papers DP 2014-07, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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    inequality; Philippines; Philippine poverty profile; agricultural poverty; multidimensional poverty;

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