Agriculture, Structural Adjustment and Poverty Reduction

Agricultural development has traditionally been among the most effective tools for reducing poverty and central to development efforts. But does this still stand today, as countries have urbanized and the world has opened up?

This seminar will present key results from a recent Special Issue of World Development that add important nuances to our understanding of the critical relationship between agriculture, structural transformation and poverty reduction. Using a variety of analytical techniques, the authors, including IFPRI researchers, address the relative effectiveness of agricultural growth in reducing poverty, who benefits, where it works best, and how financing affects the outcomes.

Speakers

  • Luc Christiaensen, Lead Economist, Jobs Group, World Bank
  • Will Martin, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

Discussant

Chair

  • Ian Walker, Acting Manager, Jobs Group, World Bank