Fuwa, Nobuhiko Balisacan, Arsenio M. Bresciani, Fabrizio
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Discussion Paper, School of Economics, University of the Philippines 2011-10
The main driver of poverty reduction has shifted from agricultural to non-agricultural income growth in rural Philippines in the past two decades. Agricultural growth is still relatively more important (vis-à-vis non-agricultural growth), however, in reducing rural poverty in relatively more isolated provinces. Our results suggest that agricultural investments should focus on areas with underdeveloped infrastructure but with comparative advantage in agriculture. At the same time, non-agricultural income growth can be made more pro-poor by investing in mobility infrastructure and health, facilitating international labor migration, and lowering income inequality.
poverty growth and inequality pro-poor growth role of agriculture the Philippines Asia