2011 Rural Poverty Report

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The report looks at who the poor rural people are, what they do and how their livelihoods are changing. It explores the challenges that make it so difficult for rural people to overcome poverty, and identifies opportunities and pathways that could lead towards greater prosperity – now and in the future.

The report calls for the need to improve the overall environment of rural areas, including infrastructure, utilities, services and governance, to enable poor rural people to manage risk and to reduce the level of risk that they face. It also argues  that it is fundamental to invest in education to enable women, men, young people and children to develop the skills they need to take advantage of new economic opportunities as well as to strengthen the collective capabilities of rural people, particularly through their membership-based organizations.

Finally, it highlights policies and actions that governments and development practitioners can take to support the efforts of rural people.

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