Why Agriculture Remains a Viable Means of Poverty Reduction in Sub‐Saharan Africa: The Case of Ethiopia

23 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2013

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Paul Dorosh

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

John W. Mellor

Abt Associates, Inc.

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

Although there is much empirical evidence of the importance of agricultureled economic growth, there is a renewed emphasis in development circles on the industrial sector as the main driver of growth, even for the low‐income countries of sub‐Saharan Africa. This article applies a simplified model of agricultural growth linkages to illustrate the importance of agricultural growth for increasing employment and accelerating poverty reduction in Ethiopia. Achieving rapid agricultural growth, however, will require the engagement of small commercial farmers, large enough to adopt new technologies and produce significant marketed surpluses, but small and numerous enough to have spending patterns that drive a large, vibrant rural non‐farm sector.

Keywords: Agricultural development, poverty reduction, growth linkages

Suggested Citation

Dorosh, Paul and Mellor, John W., Why Agriculture Remains a Viable Means of Poverty Reduction in Sub‐Saharan Africa: The Case of Ethiopia (July 2013). Development Policy Review, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 419-441, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2306411 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12013

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