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The presentation starts with a description of emerging poverty dynamics, placing emphasis on the fact that there is a population that remains chronically poor and a growing poor population that is transient, which has different policy ramifications. This is followed by a section highlighting some dimensions of strong growth in the region and the need to focus on rural poverty reduction. The presentation then looks at recent changes in agricultural markets. The section stresses the fact that reduced state intervention and deregulation of markets, transfer of agricultural labour to other sectors, impact of globalization on agricultural trade , volatility in food prices, shift in dietary needs, urbanisation, and emergence of supermarkets will effect smallholders and the rural poor and therefore policies need to be put in place to ensure that smallholders are integrated into these changes. Finally, the presentation identifies general direction and concludes with some policy recommendations.
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Ms. Atsuko Toda, Country Programme Manager for Vietnam and Laos, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)
- Thursday, 11 August 2011
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-4
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road