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In Search of Pathways out of Poverty: Mapping the Role of International Labour Migration, Agriculture and Rural Labour

Sunam, Ramesh

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The issue of rural poverty continues to shape critical academic and policy discourses in the global South. In such discourses, some scholars and policy-makers highlight non-agrarian pathways leading to prosperity, while others continue to emphasize the significance of land and farming for poverty reduction. However, such analyses tend not only to obscure strong linkages between agriculture, migration and rural labour, but also stay silent on how rural people interpret changes or continuities in...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSunam, Ramesh
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-14T23:21:29Z
dc.identifier.issn1471-0358
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/103935
dc.description.abstractThe issue of rural poverty continues to shape critical academic and policy discourses in the global South. In such discourses, some scholars and policy-makers highlight non-agrarian pathways leading to prosperity, while others continue to emphasize the significance of land and farming for poverty reduction. However, such analyses tend not only to obscure strong linkages between agriculture, migration and rural labour, but also stay silent on how rural people interpret changes or continuities in their livelihoods. In this paper, I focus on the case of rural Nepal to unfold how some rural people, but not others, improve their livelihoods through international labour migration, farming and rural labour. This paper reveals that many poor people have experienced improved livelihoods pursuing a diverse portfolio of agricultural and non-agricultural activities including labour migration. However, the dispossession of poor people from land and their adverse incorporation into the local and international labour markets continue to perpetuate chronic poverty.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceJournal of Agrarian Change
dc.titleIn Search of Pathways out of Poverty: Mapping the Role of International Labour Migration, Agriculture and Rural Labour
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolumeArticle first published online: 30 OCT 2015
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160399 - Demography not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5366479xPUB115
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSunam, Ramesh, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage67
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage80
local.identifier.doi10.1111/joac.12136
dc.date.updated2020-12-27T07:37:20Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84959036902
local.identifier.thomsonID000390668100004
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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