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SEARCA MONO 2009 2: Mainstreaming Agriculture in the Development Agenda: SEARCA's Journey 2003-2009

Within Southeast Asia, various changes have been also occurring. Countries that once had central-economies were transitioning into open-economies. The challenges they faced in this transition were enormous, considering the many and complex demands of a globalized world. In such context, the modalities of delivering development services to these countries needed to be reoriented, if not radically changed. These global and regional developments have had their effects on SEARCA. SEARCA was established more than 40 years ago, at a time when Asia was the focus of the international development aid community and when the agriculture sector accounted for a significant portion of a country’s productive outputs. Today, agriculture’s relative importance in national income has declined sharply for most countries in the developing world, contributing only, on average, roughly one-tenth in the middle-income countries (including China and most Southeast Asian countries). And yet, while this is so, this sector has continued to account for the lion’s share of poverty in these countries, underscoring the need to foster growth in agriculture in order to help lift rural inhabitants out of poverty.

Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture
Authors Keywords
Balisacan, Arsenio M. ; agriculture; natural resource management; agricultural competitiveness;
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