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Enabling Rural Innovation: Empowering Farmers to Take Advantage of Market Opportunities and Improve Livelihoods

ByLivelihoods Susan Kaaria, Jemimah Njuki, Annet Abenakyo, Robert Delve, Pascal C. Sanginga

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.