Rural Poverty in Developing Countries Issues and Policies

33 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2006

Date Written: April 2000


In most developing countries, poverty is more widespread and severe in rural than in urban areas. The author reviews some important aspects of rural poverty and draws key implications for public policy. He presents a policy framework for reducing poverty, taking into account the functional differences and overlap between the rural poor. Several policy options are delineated and explained, including stable management of the macroeconomic environment, transfer of assets, investment in and access to the physical and social infrastructure, access to credit and jobs, and provision of safety nets. Finally, some guideposts are identified for assessing strategies to reduce rural poverty.

Keywords: Rural poverty developing countries issues and policies

JEL Classification: I32 O13 O50

Suggested Citation

Khan, Mahmood Hasan, Rural Poverty in Developing Countries Issues and Policies (April 2000). IMF Working Paper No. 00/78, Available at SSRN:

Mahmood Hasan Khan (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics