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Title:Are Poor, Remote Areas Left behind in Agricultural Development: The Case of Tanzania
Author:Minot, Nicholas
Periodical:Journal of African Economies
Geographic term:Tanzania
regional disparity
rural poverty
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/2/239.full.pdf
Abstract:The conventional wisdom in Africa is that economic reforms may have stimulated economic growth, but the benefits of this growth have been uneven, favouring urban households and farmers with good market access. This idea, although quite plausible, has rarely been tested empirically. The author develops a new approach to measuring trends in poverty and inequality and applies it to Tanzania in order to explore the relationship between rural poverty and market access. He finds that, between 1991/1992 and 2003, poverty fell the least in Dar es Salaam and the most in rural areas. Rural poverty is related to remoteness, but the relationship is surprisingly weak and it varies depending on the definition used. There is little evidence that remote rural areas are being 'left behind', either in relative or in absolute terms. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]