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Rural development (English)

Rural development is a strategy designed to improve the economic and social life of a specific group of people - the rural poor. It involves extending the benefits of development to the poorest among those who seek a livelihood in the rural areas. The group includes small-scale farmers, tenants and the landless. A strategy for rural development must recognize three points: firstly, the rate of transfer of people out of low productivity agriculture and related activities into more rewarding pursuits has been slow; and, given the relative size of the modern sector in most developing countries, it will remain slow. Secondly, the majority of people in the rural areas of developing countries face varying degrees of poverty; their position is likely to get worse if population expands at unprecedented rates while limitations continue to be imposed by available resources, technology and organizations. Thirdly, rural areas have labor, land and at least some capital which, if mobilized, could reduce poverty and improve the quality of life. This implies fuller development of existing resources, construction of infrastructure, introduction of new production technology, and the creation of new types of institutions and organizations.

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  • Document Date

    1975/02/28

  • Document Type

    Policy Paper

  • Report Number

    10272

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/01

  • Doc Name

    Rural development

  • Keywords

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Rural development (English). Sector policy paper Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/522641468766236215/Rural-development