The majority of chronically poor households are engaged in agricultural activities, often as smallholders or labourers. There are many barriers that prevent these households from escaping poverty, such as limited access to quality land, water or equipment, and finding ways to overcome these barriers is critical for poverty reduction. This Policy Brief recommends that the priorities of the poorest farmers are placed at the core of agricultural research and development and agricultural policies should work to increase and protect the assets of these farmers.
Author: Lucy Scott
This Policy Brief is based on the Agriculture Policy Guide: Meeting the challenge of a new pro-poor agricultural paradigm.