Improving the Relevance and Feasibility of Agriculture and Rural Development Operations: How Economic Analyses Can Help
Agriculture can be an engine of growth for rural Asia, but igniting growth that is inclusive of rural areas and people has proven difficult. The lackluster performance of agriculture and rural regions shows in the mixed results by donors, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Assessments of economic analysis in ADB's operations also stress that doing "the right things" to support agriculture and rural development (ARD), done "the right way", can improve project relevance and feasibility.
Accelerating Agriculture and Rural Development for Inclusive Growth: Policy Implications for Developing Asia
Developing Asia stands witness to the impact of economic growth on poverty reduction. The incomes and quality of life for many people have improved and poverty levels are falling. But results vary with rural growth lagging behind urban growth in many countries and subregions. Two thirds of the region's 3 billion people live in rural areas, and in India, for example, 74 percent of people classified as poor are in rural areas (ADB 2004). The difference in urban and rural growth and poverty outcomes is socially and politically untenable, as witnessed in the recent election in India.
Economic Analysis Retrospective: 2003 Update
Economic Analysis Retrospectives present an assessment of how well economic analysis is applied in the identification and development of ADB-financed projects and programs.
Policy-based Lending and Poverty Reduction: An Overview of Processes, Assessment, and Options
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has long addressed ways to reduce poverty in its operations and has now established poverty reduction as its overarching objective. The intensified focus on poverty reduction needs to be addressed in conjunction with questions in development that remain on the agenda, for example, economic structural change (both intersectoral and intrasectoral), industrialization, urbanization, and demographic changes. The general association between economic growth and poverty reduction is well documented.