Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction Policies

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This important new collection of contributions brings together current thinking on poverty reduction and rural livelihoods in developing countries. As well as leading economists in the field such as Frank Ellis and Chris Barrett, there are a number of contributors from developing countries themselves. The book examines both macroeconomic and microeconomic phenomena and contains wide range of case studies.

Skilfully exposing the gap that exists between the rhetoric of poverty reduction strategies in capital cities and the practice of public sector delivery in rural areas, this key text will be essential reading for advanced students and researchers in the fields of rural development, rural livelihoods, poverty reduction strategies and Sub-Saharan Africa development as well as advisors and practitioners in international organizations.

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Frank Ellis is Professor in Agricultural Economics and Chief Executive of the Overseas Development Group at the University of East Anglia. He is an agricultural economist who has worked on agricultural price and marketing policies in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and who has general interests in the areas of agricultural policy and rural development.

H. Ade Freeman is Economist at the International Crops Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. He has published extensively on themes related to agricultural and livestock productivity, rural livelihoods and poverty reduction in developing countries.

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Table of Contents

Introduction F. Ellis and H.A. Freeman Part One: The context of rural livelihoods and poverty reduction 1. Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction: Themes and policy levers P. Ngategize 2. Methodological Issues for Rural Poverty Reduction within the PRSP Framework Kulundu Manda and Germano Mwabu Part Two: Evidence from rural poverty research 3. The Contribution of Agriculture to Poverty Reduction in SSA Michael Lipton 4. Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change in Sub-Saharan Africa: Processes and policies Deborah Bryceson 5. Dynamics of Poverty Traps Chris Barrett 6. Income Diversification and Rural Inequality H. A. Freeman and F. Ellis Part Three: Institutional factors in rural poverty reduction 7. Experience of the Plan for the Modernization of Agriculture (PMA), Uganda Peter Ngatgize and W. Odwongo 8. Decentralization and Rural Poverty Reduction in Malawi Willie Samute 9. Marketing Arrangements and Rural Poverty Reduction C. Poulton 10. Comparative Land Tenure Issues arising in Four Countries Sholto Cross Part Four: Natural resource management in rural poverty reduction 11. Artisanal Fishing, Poverty Reduction and Policy Responses Ed Allison 12. Roles of Livestock in Virtuous Spirals for Climbing out of Poverty Steve Ashley 13. Successful CBNRM in Namibia George Abalu Part Five: Case studies of rural livelihood issues and options 14. Rural Taxation and Poverty Reduction in Uganda Godfrey Bahiigwa 15. Chronic Poverty and Life Histories of the Rural Poor Kate Bird 16. Improving the Options for the Poor: Lessons from India Priya Deshingkar 17. Attending to Village Level Poverty Traps in Poverty Reduction Strategies Brent Swallow Part Six: Macro-micro linkages in rural povery reduction policies 18. Macroeconomic Policy and Effects on Rural Poverty Reduction HKR Amani 19. Connecting PRSPs and Decentralization of Government Godfrey Bahiigwa and Robert James 20. Agricultural Markets and Rural Poverty Reduction: Key issues about public-private roles in agricultural markets and recent trends John Shao and Brian Cooksey Part Seven: Towards improved policies for rural poverty reduction 21. Synthesis and Policy Implications F. Ellis and H.A. Freeman

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