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Developing Countries: Employment

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL4968, tabled on 24 January 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the 2015 Conceptual Framework on Agriculture and the recent Bilateral and Multilateral Aid Reviews, how they intend to use UK aid to facilitate transitions from subsistence agriculture to off-farm job opportunities in rural economies.

Answered on

1 February 2017

Increasing the inclusion of smallholder farmers in markets and improving their incomes sustainably are key objectives of DFID’s Agricultural Policy.

DFID is helping poor farmers to increase their incomes and transition into more productive livelihoods. In Burma, for example, the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund has supported rural transitions for over 1.63 million poor farmers since 2010.

In future, DFID will examine opportunities to further improve smallholder capacity, productivity and access to local, regional and global markets and strengthen the markets and businesses that trade with smallholders.