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Key emerging and conceptual issues in the development of the RNFE in developing countries and transition economies

Key emerging and conceptual issues in the development of the RNFE in developing countries and transition economies

Davis, Junior R. and Bezemer, Dirk (2003) Key emerging and conceptual issues in the development of the RNFE in developing countries and transition economies. Working Paper. Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to outline key emerging and conceptual issues in the development of the rural non-farm economy in less developed countries (LDCs) and transition economies. It is based on a conceptual framework where the rural non-farm economy (RNFE) is discussed as being either part of a growth strategy for the economy, or as a "defensive" survival strategy for the rural poor. For most rural people in developing and transitional economies, rural non-farm activities are part of a total livelihood activity set that includes farming: that is they are part of a diversified livelihood portfolio. Section 1 considers RNFE definitional and measurement issues. In section 2, the paper provides an overview of the relevance of rural non-farm economy (RNFE) and the key concepts underlying it and livelihood diversification. Section 3 explores the RNFE and local economic growth followed by discussions on the potential for growth of the RNFE, the linkages between the farm and non-farm sectors. Section 4 provides a brief discussion of policy processes.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural, non-farm, development, developing countries, transition economy, income, livelihood, diversification
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 14:48
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11676

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