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Smallholder Income Diversification in Zambia: The Way Out of Poverty?

Arne Bigsten () and Sven Tengstam ()

No 54637, Food Security Collaborative Policy Briefs from Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Abstract: 1) One can achieve poverty reduction in rural areas of Zambia by both growth and inequality reduction, but growth must be the main driver; 2) Rural income growth does not come from agriculture alone so options to diversify income are very important and should be pursued; 3) But careful attention is required to focus on improved endowments and reduced constraints facing households trying to improve agriculture directly as well as trying to improve possibilities of income diversification away from agriculture; and 4) Land per labourer, education, and location (market access and infrastructure) are key dimensions to understand and figure out how to improve.

Keywords: Farm Management; Food Security and Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.54637

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