There is little insight into how household poverty in rural and peri-urban areas is affected by developments in the markets for fruit, vegetables and flowers. This study extends the knowledge and feeds the debate on agricultural growth policies. Field data on a selection of horticultural commodities was collected in Uganda and Vietnam. Background material is derived from two overview studies on the horticultural sector in both countries, and three business cases of supply chain development in Thailand. The data and analyses also reflect on the poverty alleviating impact of development assistance and trade policies by the European Union.
This study provides a positive outlook on the growth of horticultural production and distribution and marketing in the low income countries of Uganda and Vietnam. To ensure participation of the poor and vulnerable households in this prospected growth, support from various stakeholders, including the donors of development assistance, is required.
Allbritton, A.; Viet Quang, D.; de Jager, A.; Njue, E.; Sonko, R.; Stallen, M.; Wertheim-Heck, S.; van Wijk, S.; Achterbosch, T. Pro-poor horticulture in East Africa and South East Asia. (2005) 105 pp.