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The (Forgotten) Rural World

By Jayati Ghosh | June 29, 2005

Excerpt: One of the more remarkable features of the past decade has been the apparent disappearance of the rural sector from the economic policy agenda in most developing countries. It is true that some of the concerns of agriculturalists are occasionally expressed by developing country negotiators in the ongoing Agriculture negotiations at the WTO. But in general, most discussions and debates on economic policies, especially in large developing countries of Asia and Latin America, tend to ignore both the impact of such policies on rural output, employment and living conditions, and the possibility of integrating the needs of the rural sector more explicitly into macro policies. In other words, urban bias is not just alive and well, but probably more potent than ever before.

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