Conversations: Is Growing the Non-Farm Economy the Key to Reducing Rural Poverty?

The majority of the world’s poor still live in rural areas, where non-farm activities account for 35 to 50 percent of their income.  For the landless and the very poor, non-farm incomes are even more critical. 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.