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In the past, many researchers and policymakers have
equated the rural economy with agriculture.
According to this view, rural households would receive most of their income from the production of food and export crops.
In more recent years, this view has begun to change.
Presently, the awareness is growing that rural households receive their income from a portfolio of diverse activities, and that one of the most important activities relates to non-farm sector.
In Mozambique, the role of the non- farm sector in contributing to poverty reduction is not known and seems to have been overlooked in the present development strategies, while international experience has shown that rural non-farm sources of income, mainly from the small-scale rural enterprises, are crucial in providing productive employment and earning opportunities for the poor.
This has made some policymakers’ to view the development of the rural non-farm sector as one way to alleviate poverty.
In this book, the author discuss the role of rural non-farm sources of income in alleviating poverty in the Boane district, Mozambique.
is currently with the Agriculture and Rural Development Unit of
the World Bank in Mozambique.
Prior joining the Bank, he worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (1992-1996) and to the Ministry of Agriculture in Mozambique(1985-1992).
He holds Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Pretoria, SA.
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