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Title:Seeking Guidelines for Poverty Reduction in Rural Zambia
Authors:Alwang, Jeffrey
Siegel, Paul B.
Jorgensen, Steen L.
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:Zambia
small farms
rural households
Economics and Trade
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0305-750X(96)00071-X
Abstract:The typical poverty profile describes the poor and their characteristics, but falls short of providing some of the essential information that policymakers need. This paper describes a method for extending the typical poverty profile to analyse and quantify the constraints faced by poor smallholders in Zambia. First, a poverty profile is created to describe the poor and their conditions. Data for the profile are from the Priority Survey conducted by the Zambian Central Statistical Office (CSO) in 1991. Second, information from the poverty profile is incorporated into a simple linear programming model of typical smallholder households. The household model, which uses data from crop budgets and labour allocation studies, is used to quantify the constraints faced by these households and thus inform policy decisions. The poverty profile and household model use data that are readily available in many sub-Saharan African countries. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.