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Horticulture for Poverty Alleviation - The Unfunded Revolution

Katinka Margit Weinberger

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)

Thomas A. Lumpkin

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)


AVRDC Working Paper No. 15

Horticultural produce and processed products from the developing world are becoming increasingly popular both in domestic and international markets. Global production and exports are rising steadily. However, yield increases have been smaller than area growth and have been negligible or even negative in the least developed countries. While experience shows that horticulture can offer good opportunities for poverty reduction because it increases income and generates employment, care must be taken that small and poor farmers are not excluded from the opportunities in these market sectors. In this article we argue that development agencies must put more emphasis on horticultural research and development, especially in the following priority areas: genetic improvement, safe production systems, commercial seed production, post harvest facilities, and the urban/ peri urban environment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: horticulture, agricultural research, poverty reduction, global trends

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Date posted: August 17, 2005  

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Weinberger, Katinka Margit and Lumpkin, Thomas A., Horticulture for Poverty Alleviation - The Unfunded Revolution (2005). AVRDC Working Paper No. 15. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=781784 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.781784

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Katinka Weinberger (Contact Author)
The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) ( email )
PO Box 42
Shanhua, 74151
886-6-5837801 (Phone)
886-6-5830009 (Fax)
Thomas A. Lumpkin
The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) ( email )
Shanhua 741
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