Evolving themes in rural development 1950s-2000s

Ellis, Frank and Biggs, Stephen (2001) Evolving themes in rural development 1950s-2000s. Development Policy Review, 19 (4). pp. 437-448. ISSN 0950-6764

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This article provides a brief overview of the major switches in rural development thinking that have occurred over the past half-century or so. Dominant and subsidiary themes are identified, as well as the co-existence of different narratives running in parallel. The continuing success of the long-running 'small-farm efficiency' paradigm is highlighted. The article concludes by asking whether sustainable livelihoods approaches can be interpreted as providing a new or different way forward for rural development in the future. The answer is a cautious 'yes', since these approaches potentially permit the cross-sectoral and multi-occupational character of contemporary rural livelihoods in low-income countries to be placed centre-stage in efforts to reduce rural poverty.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 14:08
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 16:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43940
DOI: 10.1111/1467-7679.00143

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