Enabling Rural Innovation: Empowering Farmers to Take Advantage of Market Opportunities and Improve Livelihoods
Agricultural markets can play signiﬁcant roles in reducing poverty in poor economies, especially in countries that have not achieved significant agricultural growth. Dorward et al (2005) highlight three broad mechanisms through which agricultural growth can drive poverty reduction:
1 the direct impacts of increased agricultural productivity and incomes; 2 the beneﬁts of cheaper food for both the urban and the rural poor;
and 3 agriculture’s contribution to growth and the generation of economic
opportunity in the non-farm sector.