Off-Farm Employment - Rural Small Scale Industries [1977 – 1983]

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Project end date: April 03, 1983

Project Name:           Off-Farm Employment - Rural Small Scale Industries *
Donor:                        Agency for International Develoment
Contract No:              AID/TA-CA-2
Account No:               71-2008, 71-2009
Location:                    Bangladesh, Thailand, Jamaica, Honduras, Sierra Leone, Bolivia, Egypt
Duration:                    August 1977-April 1983
Budget:                       $2,264,218
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Project Goals:    To improve the ability of developing country institutions and AID missions to design and implement off-farm employment generation projects so that they operate more effectively to increase the productivity, income, and quality of life of the rural poor.

 Project Plans/Objectives:

  •  To develop and test guidelines for the collection and analysis of information on off -farm employment to be utilized by developing country institutions and AID missions in program and policy formation;
  • To generate state-of-knowledge papers on off-farm employment;
  • To consult with developing country institutions and AID missions on off -f’arm employment generation;
  • To disseminate knowledge and guidelines generated on off-farm employment.

Cooperating Institutions:  Host country educational institutions and appropriate ministry personnel.

Project Summary.    The objective of the off-farm employment project was to enhance the ability of AID and host country institutions to identify and implement programs and policies to generate off-farm employment and income opportunities benefiting the rural poor. Since information on rural enterprises and off-farm employment is frequently inadequate or even nonexistent in developing countries, a major component of the project involved the collection of new information, primarily by means of detailed field surveys of rural non-farm enterprises. Undertaken in collaboration with host country institutions, in-depth field surveys and studies were conducted in a number of countries. The results of these studies have been used to develop projects and adjust government policies. 

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*This description is adapted from work by Nancy E. Horn, an MSU alumnus from the Anthropology Department, published in 1985 “A Project History of Michigan State University’s Participation in International Development for the period 1951 – 1985”.  See AFRE Emeritus Faculty - Acknowledgements