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The rural non-farm economy and poverty alleviation in Armenia, Georgia and Romania: A synthesis of findings


  • Junior Davis

    (Natural Resources Institute)

  • Dirk Bezemer

    (University of Groningen)

  • Monica Janowski

    (Natural Resources Institute)

  • Tiago Wandschneider

    (Natural Resources Institute)


The aims of this study are to improve understanding of the dynamics of the rural non-farm economy in providing employment and income diversification opportunities in Armenia, Georgia and Romania. The study aims to focus on improving the well-being and livelihoods of the rural population, through developing their capacity to access resources and actively participate in non-farm rural enterprise and employment opportunities. We place emphasis on the diversity and diversification of income sources in the face of vulnerability to shocks and stresses - particularly on the part of the poorest members of society; and provide an in-depth analysis of the context (socio-cultural, economic, agronomic) in which non-farm rural livelihood options are currently pursued and in which new options can be developed.

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  • Junior Davis & Dirk Bezemer & Monica Janowski & Tiago Wandschneider, 2005. "The rural non-farm economy and poverty alleviation in Armenia, Georgia and Romania: A synthesis of findings," Development and Comp Systems 0510018, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0510018
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    rural non-farm economy; poverty; diversity; non-agricultural growth; transition economies; Central Asia; Balkans;

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