Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction

Published on March 02, 2012


With more than two-thirds of the world’s poor living in rural areas, higher rural incomes are a pre-requisite for sustained poverty reduction and reduced hunger. This volume sets out a strategy for raising rural incomes which 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.


Foreword and Acknowledgements
Executive Summary
Agricultural policies for raising rural incomes
A Strategic Framework for Strengthening Rural Incomes in Developing Countries
Distributional Impacts of Commodity Prices in Developing Countries
The Distributional Implications of Agricultural Policies in Developing Countries
Stabilisation Policies in Developing Countries after the 2007-08 Food Crisis
The Use of Input Subsidies in Low-Income Countries
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