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Description - Rural Poverty and Income Dynamics in Asia and Africa by Keijiro Otsuka

Although there is much interest in poverty reduction, there are few agreed upon strategies to effectively reduce poverty. In this new book, the editors have gathered together various evidences on poverty dynamics, based on panel data from the last few decades in the Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh and Tamil Nadu in India, compared with more recent data from sub-Saharan Africa. The major finding of this research project is that rural households in sub-Saharan African are beginning to experience the same pattern of structural change in income composition and poverty reduction that Asian households have experienced in the past 20-25 years. The chapters in the book explore how the spread of Green Revolution has triggered the subsequent transformation of rural economies. Many rural households in Asia have been able to move out of poverty in the presence of increasing scarcity of farmland initially by increasing rice income through the adoption of modern rice technology and gradually diversifying their income sources away from farm to non-farm activities. Increased participation in non-farm employment has been more pronounced among the more educated children, whose education is facilitated by an increase in farm income brought about by the Green Revolution. This book identifies the importance of Green Revolution and non-farm employment for poverty reduction in Asia, which provides valuable lessons for sub-Saharan Africa.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415480093
ISBN-10: 0415480094
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Keijiro Otsuka

Keijiro Otsuka is Professorial Fellow of the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID) and Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Jonna P. Estudillo is Faculty Fellow of FASID and Associate Professor at the GRIPS, and Yasuyuki Sawada is Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo.

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