Bulletin 370 – Rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Policy perspectives for agriculture, sustainable resource management and poverty reduction


R. Ruben, Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters

Agriculture and rural development are – at least partly – back on the international development agenda. Investments in agricultural and rural development are important ingredients in policies for fostering broad-based and pro-poor economic development in countries where more than half – and often close to 75 per cent – of the population still mainly depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Rural areas harbour 75 per cent of the poor, who are desperately seeking ways to improve their living conditions and income