ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Agricultural Development, Agrarian Structure and Rural Poverty in West Bengal

and Rural Poverty in West Bengal Madhusudan Ghosh The primary concern of this paper is to examine the effects of agricultural development and agrarian structure on rural poverty in West Bengal The changes that have taken place in the agrarian structure seem to have reduced the incidence of rural poverty via agricultural development channel, but at the same time have generated adverse effects on it via direct distributional channel. Agricultural performance appears to have alleviated rural poverty through trickle-down effect. Lahour-productivity-augmenting growth in agriculture appears to have stronger effect in reducing rural poverty than any other growth process that does not augment labour productivity significantly.

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