|Type||Conference Paper - American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, Long Beach, California, July 23-26, 2006.|
|Title||The impact of global cotton markets on rural poverty in Pakistan|
The incidence of rural poverty in Pakistan increased during the late 1990s after having
declined during the 1980s and early 1990s. A number of structural factors have been identified as
contributing to rural poverty in Pakistan. Among them are low levels of health and education
spending and the unequal of farmland distribution. These structural factors help explain the
levels of poverty in Pakistan, but not the increase in poverty in the late 1990s. One hypothesis is
that the increase in rural poverty is the result of an adverse trend in world commodity prices,
particularly cotton, a major commercial crop, and other agricultural commodities such as wheat,
rice, and sugar.
The overall objective of this paper is to measure the impact of changes in world
commodity prices on poverty in rural Pakistan, with particular focus on cotton prices and the
main cotton producing districts of Punjab and Sindh provinces.
|»||Pakistan - Integrated Household Survey 2001-2002|