Beyond Agriculture versus Nonagriculture: Decomposing Sectoral Growth–Poverty Linkages in Five African Countries

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Paul Dorosh

International Food Policy Research Institute

James Thurlow

UNU-WIDER; International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: December 4, 2014

Abstract

The development debate in Africa south of the Sahara is often cast as “agriculture versus nonagriculture.” Yet this view overlooks the heterogeneity within these broad sectors and the synergies between them. We estimate sectoral poverty–growth elasticities using economywide models for five African countries. Our detailed treatment of nonagriculture complements an expanding literature disaggregating the growth–poverty relationship in agriculture. Although our estimated elasticities are higher for agriculture given the importance of farm incomes for the poor, the extent to which this is true varies by country. In fact, elasticities for certain nonagricultural sectors are much closer to those in agriculture. Overall, elasticities are typically higher for trade and transport services and manufacturing (agroprocessing).

Keywords: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, east Africa, southern Africa, Africa south of Sahara, Africa, Economic Growth, Agriculture , Agricultural Policies, Agricultural Sector, Industrial Sector, Transportation, Economic Sectors, Poverty, Income, Poverty Alleviation, Economywide Model, Elastic

Suggested Citation

Dorosh, Paul and Thurlow, James, Beyond Agriculture versus Nonagriculture: Decomposing Sectoral Growth–Poverty Linkages in Five African Countries (December 4, 2014). IFPRI Discussion Paper 01391. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2539591

Paul Dorosh (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute ( email )

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James Thurlow

UNU-WIDER ( email )

Katajanokanlaituri 6B
Helsinki, FIN-00160
Finland

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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