ABSTRACT

Poverty is one of the critical problems to be solved in many South Asian countries. Even though the number of poor people worldwide is decreasing, the number of people affected by absolute poverty in South Asian countries is on the rise. Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals are examples of international agency initiatives on poverty reduction. P. Z. Janjua and U. S. Kamal found that the income of a large portion of populations in this region depends on agricultural productivity; hence, developing agricultural productivity might be the best solution for poverty elimination in most of the South Asian countries. Agricultural growth can be considered an important instrument for poverty eradication in many South Asian countries. South Asia needs to focus extensively on poverty reduction and hunger eradication throughout the region. Investing in agriculture is risky, as farmers in developing countries are always vulnerable to natural disasters and other weather-related events.