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This presentation reviews recent evidence on the relationship between agricultural growth and poverty reduction. It concludes that while agricultural growth has the potential to be an effective driver of rural poverty reduction, this is not always the case. Reduction in rural poverty rates depend on how the agricultural growth occurs. Namely,
This brief of a longer paper presents several important findings of relevance to value chain programs. First, work in the agricultural sector will have a greater impact on nutrition at higher levels of poverty but becomes less important as it declines, when the development of other sectors will be more important to nutritional gains. Second, economic growth alone is insufficient to address all aspects of child malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Examples of Malawi and Yemen illustrate how the development of agricultural value chains that would be appropriate in th