1st Edition

Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction Policies

Edited By Frank Ellis, H. Ade Freeman Copyright 2005
    432 Pages
    by Routledge

    440 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    'This is a well-produced book with a wealth of valuable information for all concerned with effective rural poverty reduction policy.' - New Agriculturalist