Poverty reduction

Promoting Pro-Poor Growth: Agriculture




Promoting Pro-poor Growth: Agriculture (pdf, 1.86 MB) takes a fresh look at the important contribution of agriculture to pro-poor growth. It considers agriculture’s changing context from a rural livelihoods perspective, it identifies new challenges but also new opportunities through spatial and occupational diversity, all of which call for new approaches.

After two decades of decline, investments in agriculture are now on the rise.  This major reversal in national policies as well as donor programmes reflects an increased awareness of the vital contribution of agriculture to pro-poor growth and the stark reality that 75% of the world’s poor live in rural areas.

A positive process of economic transformation and diversification of both livelihoods and national economies is the key to sustained poverty reduction. Evidence shows that it is agricultural growth, through its leverage effects on the rest of the economy, that enables poor countries, poor regions and ultimately poor households to take the first steps in this process. Agriculture has in many places connected broader economic growth and the rural poor, increasing their productivity and incomes.

The challenge for donors is to find ways to work effectively with their partners to promote sustainable, country-driven and programme-based development that recognises the important contribution of agriculture to pro-poor growth.

Click here to download the background papers for the publication.

Promoting Pro-Poor Growth: Policy Statement and Agriculture: Executive Summary, Policy Statement and Executive Summary in Chinese (pdf, 868kB)