Rural transport and traction enterprises for improved livelihoods

FAO DIVERSIFICATION BOOKLET 10

Rural transport
and traction enterprises
for improved livelihoods


Peter Crossley, Tim Chamen and Josef Kienzle



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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Rome, 2009


ABSTRACT

THIS BOOKLET IS TARGETED AT PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ADVISORY INSTITUTIONS PROVIDING SUPPORT TO RURAL COMMUNITIES, in particular advisers involved with developing and enhancing revenue-generating rural enterprises for farmers.

The booklet focuses on promoting transport and traction services as a viable diversification enterprise for smallholder farmers and others in rural areas. It considers the benefits that can arise from such enterprises, not only to smallholders themselves, but also to local communities in overall terms through increased productivity, improved and faster marketing, better mobility and reduced drudgery. For transport enterprises the focus of the booklet is on land-based farm to main road linkages, since this is the most critical for smallholder commercial development in the majority of developing countries.


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