Briefing Paper

Unlocking the Potentials of Agriculture and Forestry for Growth and Poverty Eradication

“An economic analysis was carried out to underscore the social and economic consequences of poor and unsustainable management of RNR’s, in order to stimulate policy attention to sound management of the productive base of agriculture and forestry. The analysis provides evidence on the contribution of RNR based sectors to economic growth and poverty reduction. It assesses the changes in quantity and quality of RNR’s and the economic and social impacts that the changes have caused as well as implications for growth and poverty reduction. In particular, insights from the study are critical in the design and implementation of appropriate and effective policies under NEEDS and SEEDS. Such policies would contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty, low productivity and resource degradation and unlocking the economic potentials of agriculture and forestry.”