Poverty alleviation: Is crop diversification the answer?


Rolando T. Dy

Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam lead Southeast Asia in crop diversification. By contrast, Malaysia focused on just one crop, oil palm. Overall, the peers have half the incidence of rural poverty compared to the Philippines’ 30 percent. And they earned $25 billion to $45 billion in agri-food exports in 2016, five to nine times that of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Filipino farmers had a poverty incidence of 34 percent in 2015.

Is diversification the holy grail of rural poverty reduction?

April 16-2 - Poverty alleviation and crop diversification final (Rdy)

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