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Type Conference Paper - American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, July 29 - August 1, 2007
Title Promoting sustainable pro-poor growth in Rwandan agriculture: what are the policy options?
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
URL http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/9908/1/sp07mo03.pdf
In 2000, as part of its strategy for growth and poverty reduction, the Government of Rwanda set a goal to increase per capita income from US$230 to US$900 and halve the incidence of poverty by 2020. Two years after those targets were established Rwanda’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) projected that GDP growth in the range of 6 to 7 percent would be needed over the long term for those targets to be realized. The principal sources of growth in the short to medium term were to be the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, with agricultural projected to start at 5.2 percent and accelerate over the period due to productivity improvements. Manufacturing growth was projected to rise sharply to 11.5 percent, based on the expansion of manufacturing capacity in agroprocessing, and then slow to a more sustainable level of 7 percent.

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