Agricultural Development Economics

Smallholders and rural poverty

Rural households in the developing world are involved in a variety of economic activities, as part of complex livelihood strategies. While agriculture remains important, it is not the sole or sometimes the principal activity of poor people.

From Protection to Production (PtoP)
The role of cash transfer programmes in fostering broad-based economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Cash transfers can represent a significant income of the rural poor and a potentially critical tool for rural development.

The Rural Income Generating Activities (RIGA)
This project promotes a better understanding of the role of economic activities by rural households for poverty reduction and development. RIGA provides an innovative database on sources of income and research papers investigating key policy research issues based on the RIGA data.

National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP)
This project is designed to support food security related initiatives of the Government of Bangladesh, strengthen the capacity of the Government to plan, monitor and implement the broadened policies, facilitate inter-ministerial collaboration and build stronger links between the Government and civil society.

Smallholder family farms
FAO supports small family farmers overcome the many constraints they face and tackle today’s challenges. FAO helps agricultural and rural development policy thinking through analysis and advocacy. Analysis provides evidence on the strengths and weaknesses of small family farms and advocacy forms policies that tackle crucial long run growth challenges both in agriculture, but also in the wider economy.