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The vast majority of the world's terrible rely without delay or in some way on agriculture. regardless of the powerful linkages among broad-based agricultural development and poverty relief, foreign help to agriculture sharply declined from the overdue Eighties. the necessity to elevate agriculture's prominence within the improvement time table hasn't ever been better. This ebook seeks to articulate the area Bank's Rural process on agriculture to the broader improvement group. It offers choice makers with the explanation for aiding agriculture via featuring the teachings discovered at the regulations, associations, and precedence investments that could maintain pro-poor agricultural development.

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9), and farm consolidation allows those remaining to increase their income. Rural household incomes continue to diversify with increasing participation in the expanding rural nonfarm labor market, narrowing the income gap between rural and urban households (Gardner 2002). The development of a concrete agricultural strategy to complement this stage of transformation is complicated by the fact that most economies consist of mixtures of these stages of development and diverse agricultural systems.

Higher-value products present a range of technical challenges in production and processing. They also present numerous institutional challenges for coordinating activities along the market chain, meeting quality standards, and accessing market information. ” Supermarkets, for example, were once on the fringes of food marketing in developing countries, but now they account for 45 to 75 percent of national food retail sales in six Latin American countries, 33 to 63 percent in Southeast and East Asia, and 55 percent in South Africa (Reardon, Timmer, and Berdegue 2003).

Without integrated approaches to improving how water is allocated and used, the MDG target of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water will not be met by 2015. • Reduce deforestation: Over the past four decades, the total forested area, including new forest used for commercial purposes, has shrunk by 5 percent while agricultural area has expanded by more than 10 percent. The need or incentive to clear land for agriculture is lessened by making the world’s current crop and pasture land more productive.

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