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Rural economic diversification in sub-Saharan Africa

Felicity J Proctor

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This paper discusses emerging policy implications for economic diversification in rural sub-Saharan Africa. While continuing to prioritize rural investments in the economic and social sectors, governments should mainstream rural development within national strategies and commit to the long term. Rural and urban development policies should be brought together, ideally within a territorial or regional development framework, to strengthen the market and service linkages between rural and urban areas. Given the prevailing rural employment environment, new and critical
attention must be given to the informal household enterprise sector and to re-enforcing the agriculture and food sectors. The evidence base to inform rural development policies needs to be further strengthened and made more accessible.

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  • IIED code: 14632IIED
  • Published: Sep 2014 - IIED
  • Theme: Food and agriculture
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-084-4
  • Language: English

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Most rural Africans now live and farm in liberalised markets, which most African and international policy forums assume to be the best basis for economic activities. But there is considerable debate about these developments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

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