Understanding the Aspirations of Farming Communities in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Nandi, R and Nedumaran, S (2021) Understanding the Aspirations of Farming Communities in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review of the Literature. The European Journal of Development Research (TSI), 33 (4). pp. 809-832. ISSN 0957-8811

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This study surveys the panorama of research on the importance of aspirations of farming communities, identifies research gaps and prospects for future research. The analysis of 22 studies identified from 419 research articles sheds light on the relationships between aspirations, agriculture, women’s empowerment, poverty, and rural youth. Aspirations of the rural poor play a significant role in shaping their activities and investments. Furthermore, the poor and those who are exposed to natural disasters are more likely suffering from aspiration failure and their resilience needs to be built. Specifically, women’s empowerment could be supported through raising aspirations. In addition, intergenerational aspirations and corresponding investment plans in agriculture are in absolute contrast and parental desires and their children’s aspirations do not align. Overall, development program-specific research is needed to determine policies and programs that successfully and cost-effectively raise the rural poor’s aspirations and thereby improve livelihoods in developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Global Research Program - Enabling Systems Transformation
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Farming communities, Aspiration, Systematic literature review, Developing countries
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2021 06:34
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2021 06:34
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/11867
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41287-021-00413-0
Acknowledgement: We would like to thank Dr Michael Hauser, Theme Leader—MIND and Principal Scientist at ICRISAT, Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program, Ethiopia; and the Publication Department at ICRISAT for initially reviewing the article and proofreading an earlier version of this article.
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