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Farming Systems and Poverty

IMPROVING FARMERS' LIVELIHOODS IN A CHANGING WORLD








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    Farming Systems and Poverty - SUMMARY
    Improving farmers’ livelihoods in a changing world
    2001
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    An estimated 500 million small farmers – men and women – produce most of the developing world’s food. Yet their families suffer more hunger than even the urban poor, have higher rates of poverty and enjoy less access to basic social services. Meeting international commitments to halve hunger and poverty in the developing world by 2015 means reaching these farm households. However, traditional approaches have not worked. In order to provide the conditions that will permit poor farm households to improve their own lives, governments, non-governmental organizations and international agencies must understand more clearly the agro-ecological, physical, economic and cultural environment within which farmers and their families live – their farming systems. Only in this way can realistic policies, investments and technical assistance programmes be developed and implemented, and the latent capacity of the farming population fully released.
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    Food, agriculture and rural development
    Current and Emerging Issues for Economic Analysis and Policy Research
    2001
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    This publication contains four in-depth reviews on current and emerging issues in the economic analysis of food, agriculture and rural development, written by well-known scholars in the field. The selection of the issues for in-depth review was the result of a survey conducted among FAO staff involved in policy assistance activities in the main developing regions. Thus, the choice reflects their and, by extension, the policy-makers' perception as to the main research priorities in the economic a nalysis of agriculture, rural development, poverty and food security. A synthesis of the survey results is included as a chapter. The four in-depth reviews concern: (i) new trends in development thinking and implications for agriculture and rural development (by Simon Maxwell and Robin Heber Percy); (ii) causes, characteristics and alleviation strategies for rural poverty, with particular emphasis on Latin America (by Alberto Valdés and Johan A. Mistiaen); (iii) institutions, reform and agricult ural performance (by Pranab Bardhan); and (iv) migration and poverty issues (by J. Edward Taylor).
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    Systèmes de production agricole et pauvreté - RÉSUMÉ
    Améliorer les moyens d’existence des agriculteurs dans un monde en changement
    2001
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    L’essential de la nourriture du monde en développement est produite par environ 500 millions de petits agriculteurs – hommes et femmes. Pourtant, par rapport aux déshérités des villes, ces paysans et leurs familles souffrent davantage de la faim. La pauvreté est plus répandue dans leurs rangs, et leur accès aux services sociaux de base est encore plus restreint. Pour respecter les engagements pris, au niveau international, de réduire de moitié la faim et la pauvreté dans le monde en développeme nt à l’horizon 2015, ce sont ces petits ménages ruraux qu’il faut viser. Or, les approches traditionnelles n’ont pas permis d’y parvenir. Si on veut créer les conditions permettant aux ménages ruraux pauvres de prendre en main l’amélioration de leurs ressources, il est nécessaire que les gouvernements, les ONG et les instances internationales arrivent à une compréhension plus exacte de l’environnement agroécologique, physique, économique et culturel que vivent les agriculteurs et leur famille – en d’autres mots, leurs systèmes de production agricole. Ce n’est qu’à ce prix qu’il sera possible de formuler et de mettre en oeuvre des politiques de développement, et des programmes d’investissement ou d’assistance technique, pragmatiques et à même d’exprimer pleinement les potentialités latentes des populations rurales.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    Farming Systems and Poverty - SUMMARY
    Improving farmers’ livelihoods in a changing world
    2001
    Also available in:

    An estimated 500 million small farmers – men and women – produce most of the developing world’s food. Yet their families suffer more hunger than even the urban poor, have higher rates of poverty and enjoy less access to basic social services. Meeting international commitments to halve hunger and poverty in the developing world by 2015 means reaching these farm households. However, traditional approaches have not worked. In order to provide the conditions that will permit poor farm households to improve their own lives, governments, non-governmental organizations and international agencies must understand more clearly the agro-ecological, physical, economic and cultural environment within which farmers and their families live – their farming systems. Only in this way can realistic policies, investments and technical assistance programmes be developed and implemented, and the latent capacity of the farming population fully released.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    Food, agriculture and rural development
    Current and Emerging Issues for Economic Analysis and Policy Research
    2001
    Also available in:

    This publication contains four in-depth reviews on current and emerging issues in the economic analysis of food, agriculture and rural development, written by well-known scholars in the field. The selection of the issues for in-depth review was the result of a survey conducted among FAO staff involved in policy assistance activities in the main developing regions. Thus, the choice reflects their and, by extension, the policy-makers' perception as to the main research priorities in the economic a nalysis of agriculture, rural development, poverty and food security. A synthesis of the survey results is included as a chapter. The four in-depth reviews concern: (i) new trends in development thinking and implications for agriculture and rural development (by Simon Maxwell and Robin Heber Percy); (ii) causes, characteristics and alleviation strategies for rural poverty, with particular emphasis on Latin America (by Alberto Valdés and Johan A. Mistiaen); (iii) institutions, reform and agricult ural performance (by Pranab Bardhan); and (iv) migration and poverty issues (by J. Edward Taylor).
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    Systèmes de production agricole et pauvreté - RÉSUMÉ
    Améliorer les moyens d’existence des agriculteurs dans un monde en changement
    2001
    Also available in:

    L’essential de la nourriture du monde en développement est produite par environ 500 millions de petits agriculteurs – hommes et femmes. Pourtant, par rapport aux déshérités des villes, ces paysans et leurs familles souffrent davantage de la faim. La pauvreté est plus répandue dans leurs rangs, et leur accès aux services sociaux de base est encore plus restreint. Pour respecter les engagements pris, au niveau international, de réduire de moitié la faim et la pauvreté dans le monde en développeme nt à l’horizon 2015, ce sont ces petits ménages ruraux qu’il faut viser. Or, les approches traditionnelles n’ont pas permis d’y parvenir. Si on veut créer les conditions permettant aux ménages ruraux pauvres de prendre en main l’amélioration de leurs ressources, il est nécessaire que les gouvernements, les ONG et les instances internationales arrivent à une compréhension plus exacte de l’environnement agroécologique, physique, économique et culturel que vivent les agriculteurs et leur famille – en d’autres mots, leurs systèmes de production agricole. Ce n’est qu’à ce prix qu’il sera possible de formuler et de mettre en oeuvre des politiques de développement, et des programmes d’investissement ou d’assistance technique, pragmatiques et à même d’exprimer pleinement les potentialités latentes des populations rurales.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    Farming Systems and Poverty - SUMMARY
    Improving farmers’ livelihoods in a changing world
    2001
    Also available in:

    An estimated 500 million small farmers – men and women – produce most of the developing world’s food. Yet their families suffer more hunger than even the urban poor, have higher rates of poverty and enjoy less access to basic social services. Meeting international commitments to halve hunger and poverty in the developing world by 2015 means reaching these farm households. However, traditional approaches have not worked. In order to provide the conditions that will permit poor farm households to improve their own lives, governments, non-governmental organizations and international agencies must understand more clearly the agro-ecological, physical, economic and cultural environment within which farmers and their families live – their farming systems. Only in this way can realistic policies, investments and technical assistance programmes be developed and implemented, and the latent capacity of the farming population fully released.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    Food, agriculture and rural development
    Current and Emerging Issues for Economic Analysis and Policy Research
    2001
    Also available in:

    This publication contains four in-depth reviews on current and emerging issues in the economic analysis of food, agriculture and rural development, written by well-known scholars in the field. The selection of the issues for in-depth review was the result of a survey conducted among FAO staff involved in policy assistance activities in the main developing regions. Thus, the choice reflects their and, by extension, the policy-makers' perception as to the main research priorities in the economic a nalysis of agriculture, rural development, poverty and food security. A synthesis of the survey results is included as a chapter. The four in-depth reviews concern: (i) new trends in development thinking and implications for agriculture and rural development (by Simon Maxwell and Robin Heber Percy); (ii) causes, characteristics and alleviation strategies for rural poverty, with particular emphasis on Latin America (by Alberto Valdés and Johan A. Mistiaen); (iii) institutions, reform and agricult ural performance (by Pranab Bardhan); and (iv) migration and poverty issues (by J. Edward Taylor).
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    Systèmes de production agricole et pauvreté - RÉSUMÉ
    Améliorer les moyens d’existence des agriculteurs dans un monde en changement
    2001
    Also available in:

    L’essential de la nourriture du monde en développement est produite par environ 500 millions de petits agriculteurs – hommes et femmes. Pourtant, par rapport aux déshérités des villes, ces paysans et leurs familles souffrent davantage de la faim. La pauvreté est plus répandue dans leurs rangs, et leur accès aux services sociaux de base est encore plus restreint. Pour respecter les engagements pris, au niveau international, de réduire de moitié la faim et la pauvreté dans le monde en développeme nt à l’horizon 2015, ce sont ces petits ménages ruraux qu’il faut viser. Or, les approches traditionnelles n’ont pas permis d’y parvenir. Si on veut créer les conditions permettant aux ménages ruraux pauvres de prendre en main l’amélioration de leurs ressources, il est nécessaire que les gouvernements, les ONG et les instances internationales arrivent à une compréhension plus exacte de l’environnement agroécologique, physique, économique et culturel que vivent les agriculteurs et leur famille – en d’autres mots, leurs systèmes de production agricole. Ce n’est qu’à ce prix qu’il sera possible de formuler et de mettre en oeuvre des politiques de développement, et des programmes d’investissement ou d’assistance technique, pragmatiques et à même d’exprimer pleinement les potentialités latentes des populations rurales.

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