Understanding the Rural Non-Farm Economy

Understanding the Rural Non-Farm Economy


Pakistan's growing labour force needs a reliable source of jobs. Because agriculture is not thought to provide enough new jobs, most point to urban job creation as the future of employment. But that leaves out another important sector: the rural non-farm economy, of which little is known to policymakers. A recently completed International Growth Centre project to digitise data on small and cottage industries in rural Punjab makes an impotant contribution to filling this knowledge gap. It provides the first-ever dataset on small business activity in rural Punjab broken down by region, type of activity, and intensity.


Publications
 
Spatial Analysis of Small and Cottage Industries in Punjab, Pakistan
September 2017 | Syed M. Hasan, Attique Ur Rehman, Ijaz Nabi, Naved Hamid, and Usman Naeem
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Blogs

Understanding Punjab's rural non-farm economy
Pakistan's Growth Story | 7 December 2017 | Usman Naeem