SUMMARY

Farming Systems and Poverty

Improving farmersí livelihoods in a changing world

John Dixon and Aidan Gulliver with David Gibbon

Principal Editor: Malcolm Hall

This Summary is extracted from the book of the same name published jointly by FAO and the World Bank. Rome, Italy 2001

FAO and World Bank
Rome and Washington DC
2001


PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION

Hunger, poverty and agriculture

Farming systems and their characteristics

Aspects of the evolution of farming systems

Natural resources and climate

Science and technology

Trade liberalization and market development

Policies, institutions and public goods

Information and human capital

Reader's guide

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

The region and its farming systems

Strategic priorities for Sub-Saharan Africa

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTHAFRICA

The region and its farming systems

Strategic priorities for Middle East and North Africa

EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

The region and its farming systems

Strategic priorities for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

SOUTH ASIA

The region and its farming systems

Strategic priorities for South Asia

EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC

The region and its farming systems

Strategic priorities for East Asia and Pacific

LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

The region and its farming systems

Strategic priorities for Latin America and Caribbean

GLOBAL CHALLENGES, POTENTIALS AND PRIORITIES

System categories and household strategies

Categorizing farming systems on a global basis

Relative importance of poverty reduction strategies by system category

Implications of system resource endowments on poverty reduction strategies

Implications of system intensification on poverty reduction strategies

A global strategy for hunger and poverty reduction

Policies, institutions and public goods

Trade liberalization and market development

Agricultural information and human capital

Science and technology

Natural resources and climate

CONCLUSIONS AND WAYS FORWARD

Refocusing stakeholder contributions

Unlock the potential of farmers and their communities

Support the engagement of civil society partners

Foster competitive agribusiness and commerce as tools for poverty reduction

Increase effectiveness of local and national government actions for poverty reduction

Expand the role of international public goods

Ways forward: Building on this analysis

Closing note

ANNEX

Classification of Countries by Developing Region

FARMING SYSTEM MAPS

Sub-Saharan Africa (AFR)

Middle East and North Africa (MNA)

Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA) - Part A

Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA) - Part B

South Asia (SAS)

East Asia and Pacific (EAP)

Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)


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