Topic Guide: Stepping out of Agriculture
This Topic Guide from Evidence on Demand provides expert information on how members of smallholder households leave agriculture for better-paying businesses and jobs.
In low-income countries, rural areas are currently home to the majority of households, most of which are engaged in small-scale agriculture. However, as economies grow and countries develop, it is expected that many households will move out – or ‘step out’ – of farming, and take up work in the rural non-farm economy (RNFE) or migrate to towns and cities.
This Guide concerns how members of smallholder households leave agriculture for better-paying businesses and jobs.
The Guide has been produced by the Overseas Development Institute with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited.