Agriculture and Rural Development
More than 515 million, that is 40% of South Asians, have experienced a decline in their incomes over the last few years. The Report argues that this decline is rooted in the dislocation between Government and people, which accounts for Government's inability to translate the increase in agricultural production into reducing poverty. The real challenge facing the region now is to build an agricultural and rural development model that is both growth-oriented and human-centred. Human development cannot be achieved without more equitable distribution of wealth deriving from economic growth. This requires pro-people policies, especially in a region where benefits are limited to a small minority of educated urban populations.