Rural Income Generating Activities: A Cross Country Comparison

Background Paper for the World Development Report, 2008

67 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2019

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Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa

Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Calogero Carletto

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Katia Covarrubias

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Esteban J. Quiñones

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Alberto Zezza

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Kostas Stamoulis

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Genny Bonomi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Stefania Di Giuseppe

UN FAO

Date Written: May 2, 2007

Abstract

A widely accepted tenet of the development literature is that, in the process of structural economic transformation that accompanies economic development, the farm sector as a share of the country’s GDP will decline as a country’s GDP grows (Chenery and Syrquin, 1975). In rural areas, this implies that a shrinking agricultural sector and expanding rural non-farm (RNF) activities, as well as a changing definition of rural itself, should be viewed as likely features of economic development. The available empirical evidence unequivocally points out to the existence of a large RNF economy. While few data sources exist which allow for consistent measurement of changes in RNF income and employment over time, available information points to an increasing role for RNF activities.

Suggested Citation

Davis, Benjamin and Winters, Paul and Carletto, Calogero and Covarrubias, Katia and Quiñones, Esteban J. and Zezza, Alberto and Stamoulis, Kostas and Bonomi, Genny and Di Giuseppe, Stefania, Rural Income Generating Activities: A Cross Country Comparison (May 2, 2007). Background Paper for the World Development Report, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3307433 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3307433

Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa ( email )

P. O. Box 4884
Pretoria
South Africa

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

Via Paolo di Dono
Rome, 00142
Italy

Calogero Carletto

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

1818 H. Street, N.W.
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Washington, DC 20433
United States

Katia Covarrubias

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Esteban J. Quiñones

University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

Alberto Zezza

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
Italy

Kostas Stamoulis

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
ITALY

Genny Bonomi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Stefania Di Giuseppe

UN FAO ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
ITALY

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