This book synthesizes the findings of a longer work which sets out a strategy for
raising rural incomes. It emphasises the creation of diversified rural economies with
opportunities within and outside agriculture. Agricultural policies need to be integrated
within an overall mix of policies and institutional reforms that facilitate, rather
than impede, structural change. By investing in public goods, such as infrastructure
and agricultural research, and by building effective social safety nets, governments
can limit the role of less efficient policies such as price controls and input subsidies.