Production and Marketing of Potato and Poverty Reduction: Linkages and Pathways

Publication Date : 16/10/2015


Author(s) :

Dr. Channaveere Gowda B.N , Dr. K.G. Suresh Kumar.


Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
,
Issue 10
(10 - 2015)



Abstract :

Abstract This paper studies the linkages between increases in Production and Marketing of Potato and poverty reduction. The evidence suggests that there are multiple pathways through which increases in potato productivity can reduce poverty, including real income changes, employment generation, rural non-farm multiplier effects, and food prices effects. However, barriers to technology adoption, initial asset endowments, and constraints to market access may all inhibit the ability of the poorest to participate in the gains from potato productivity growth. However there are multiple, complex pathways linking production and market of potato productivity to real income changes that respond to various market forces. There is strong evidence for indirect poverty reduction through employment generation, rural non-farm multiplier effects, and food prices effects; however contextual factors determine whether market forces resolve most favorably for the poor. Furthermore, the resulting equilibrium in agricultural and labor markets may affect poor net food buying households differently than poor net food producers. The available evidence supports the theories that when incomes from marketing and production of potato and the real wage rate increase and the rural non-farm economy grow, real household incomes increase and the percentage of the population living below international poverty lines decreases. Nutritional status or other aspects of well being, such as health measures and education, may also improve. Keywords: potato, productivity, non-farm economy, employment generation, technology


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