The Least Developed Countries Report 2015

Transforming Rural Economies

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This report documents the importance of the rural sector and agriculture in least developed countries (LDCs), through employment generation and economic activity. The discussion is placed in the perspective of the post-2015 development agenda, in which rural economic transformation will be vital for poverty eradication. It presents evidence on agricultural productivity dynamics in LDCs, discussing the importance of agricultural productivity for human development in rural areas, and analyzing the key elements driving agricultural productivity growth in these countries. It examines the synergies and complementarities between agricultural productivity growth and rural economic diversification. It discusses policies which need to be put in place.

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The Least Developed Countries Report 2015 was prepared by UNCTAD. Contributors to this Report are: Rolf Traeger (team leader), Maria Bovey, Agnès Collardeau-Angleys, Piergiuseppe Fortunato, Christian Kingombe, Mariangela Linoci, Irene Musselli, Mauricio Pinzon Latorre, Daniel Poon, Madasamyraja Rajalingam, Kasper Vrolijk, David Woodward and Simonetta Zarrilli (the LDC Report team). The work was carried out under the overall guidance and supervision of Taffere Tesfachew, Director, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, who also made significant inputs to the structure and contents of the Report.

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