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The paradox of progressing sideways: food poverty and livelihood change in the rice lands of outer island Indonesia

McCarthy, John F


Despite economic growth in middle-income countries across the global south, pockets of food poverty persist in the countryside. An accepted account suggests that many of the poor are stuck in a 'truncated agrarian transition' where neither agriculture nor labour markets provide sufficient opportunities. Yet, statistics indicate that many have moved out of poverty, even as undernourishment continues. Exploring an Indonesian periphery, this paper interrogates this conundrum. It describes a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: The Journal of Peasant Studies
DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2019.1628021


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