Impact on the Rural Poor of Changing Rural Environments and Technologies: Evidence from India and Bangladesh
A number of studies have been done on rural poverty in developing Asia and that edited by Quibria (1994) is a major recent contribution. It finds that rural poverty has declined in all developing Asian countries, except Sri Lanka where it showed no change in the 1980s compared to the 1970s. Using poverty lines and a head count basis, rural poverty in Bangladesh was reported to be 41 per cent in 1985–86 compared to 71 per cent in 1973–74. In India, it was found to be 45 per cent in the early 1960s but to have fallen to 25 per cent in 1986–87 (Quibria and Srinivasan 1994, p.6). While such poverty rates are still substantial, their downward trend is encouraging.
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