Economic and Financial Review


Central Bank of Nigeria


Non-Farm Economy, Rural Economy


The study examines the likely impact of rural, non-farm economy (RNFE) growth on rural inequalities and agrarian differentiation processes; possible demand constraints; and the success or failure of specially targeted rural, non-farm programmes (for example, Graneen Bank in Bangladesh, the People's Commune in pre-1978 rural China and IRDP interventions in India). The author establishes economic conditions and institutional environment that would enable the RNFE to grow, with a decisive impact on rural poverty. The study, intended to be a precursor to a full-length study of the rural, non-farm economy (RNFE) in developing economies, runs into five chapters. Chapter 1 is the introduction, chapters 2 contains the different inferences and analysis on the likely impact of farm expansions, while chapter 3 discusses demand-side issues. Chapter 4 presents the supply-side interventions; and chapter 5 summarizes and concludes with a few valuable observations.

Author Bio

The author is a staff of the Fiscal Analysis Division, Research Department, Central Bank of Nigeria

Publication Title

CBN Economic and Financial Review





Recommended Citation

Etafo, S. O. (1996). Ashwani Saith. The Rural Non-Farm Economy: Processes and Policies (Geneva, ILO) 1993. CBN Economic and Financial Review. 34(3), 801-805.



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