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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1841; doi:10.3390/su9101841

Agricultural Policies and Their Impact on Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned from Three Water Basins in Cape Verde

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Departmento of Economía Aplicada y Métodos Cuantitativos, Universidad de La Laguna, 38071 Canary Islands, Spain
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Departamento de Economía Internacional y de España, Universidad de Granada, 18011 Granada, Spain
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Received: 14 July 2017 / Revised: 5 October 2017 / Accepted: 6 October 2017 / Published: 13 October 2017
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Agriculture is the main driving force of rural economies so there is a need to promote sustainable rural development and hence improve the living conditions of local communities. This article analyses the role of agricultural policies in reducing poverty in rural communities. Two aspects will be analysed: firstly, whether there has been a reduction in poverty in the basins analysed for the period 2006–2013; and secondly, whether that poverty reduction, to the extent that it has occurred, has been due to the agricultural policies applied. The analysis shows that the agricultural policies implemented helped to diversify and enhance agricultural production, so that a reduction in effective poverty occurred. However, these policies need to work jointly and in harmony with other economic sectors. View Full-Text
Keywords: agricultural policies; poverty reduction; river-basin management; Cape Verde agricultural policies; poverty reduction; river-basin management; Cape Verde
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Corral, S.; Díaz, A.S.; Monagas, M.C.; García, E.C. Agricultural Policies and Their Impact on Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned from Three Water Basins in Cape Verde. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1841.

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