Agricultural Development Economics
 

Roles of Agriculture Project

The Roles of Agriculture Project (ROA), was funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan and managed by the Agricultural Development Economics Division of FAO.

The overall objectives of the project were to explore the indirect roles of agriculture, such as poverty alleviation, food security, environmental services, out-migration control, buffers in times of economic crisis, and national cultural identity and to reflect them in formulating policy.

Phase I of the project from 2000 to 2003 pursued empirical analysis to identify, describe and to quantify to the extent possible these indirect roles of agriculture. Phase II of the project from 2004 to 2006 built on the experiences drawn from Phase I and found policy implications and delivered policy guidance and tools to take best advantage of these indirect roles in development strategies. The main findings from Phase I and II can be found in the Research programme summary reports below.

The ROA Project Central Team and the Agricultural Development Economics Division extend their sincere appreciation to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan for funding the project for seven years and making this work possible.


The Socio-Economic Analysis and Policy Implications of the Roles of Agriculture in Developing Countries Project

ROA was funded by the
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Government of Japan