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Extreme Poverty is increasingly a rural phenomenon. Rural non-farm activities account for 35 to 50% of rural income in developing countries. For the landless and the very poor, sustainable income gains at the household level are associated with additional wages earned from non-farm activities. The distributional impacts of rural non-farm opportunities can be significantly pro-poor, and can extend through linkages between the non-farm and the farm sector. However, for the poor to participate when opportunities present themselves in the rural non-farm economy, they must overcome several institutional, physical and social constraints.

Join us for an expert debate on how the World Bank Group can engage the rural non-farm economy to alleviate poverty. This is a multi-sectoral dialogue that bridges the WBG’s practices - across Agriculture, Social and Rural, and the Private Sector- to identify innovative solutions in support of sustainable and inclusive rural structural transformation in the developing world.

The event will highlight findings from IEG’s recent evaluation Growing the Rural Non-Farm Economy to Alleviate Poverty.

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Read Growing the Rural Non-Farm Economy to Alleviate Poverty


Caroline Heider
Director-General, IEG, and
Senior Vice President
World Bank Group


Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez
Senior Director
Urban, Rural & Social Development Global Practice
World Bank Group

Growing the Rural Non-Farm Economy to Alleviate Poverty

Lauren Kelly
Senior Evaluation Officer
Independent Evaluation Group


José Carbajo Martinez
Director, Financial, Private Sector & Sustainable Development Unit
Independent Evaluation Group
World Bank Group



Martien Van Nieuwkoop
Director, Agriculture Global Practice
World Bank Group

Juergen Zattler
Executive Director (Germany)
World Bank Group

Loraine Ronchi
Lead Economist & Global Agribusiness Lead
Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice/
International Finance Corporation

Steven Haggblade
Professor, International Development, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University


Submitted by Nazly Ortiz on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:53


To Consider Rural non-farm productive activities as a solution to alleviate poverty in rural areas is good. But, in the future if we don't foster agricultural productive activities, how will humanity get the food needed even when population is increasing? Not to foster agricultural coulb be a risk or threathen of food security in the future? Taking account the importance of food security for humanity, Why is it much better to foster rural non farm activities with rural population than agricultural production?

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