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Linking agriculture with industry - stimulating innovative agro-based industries

A large fraction of the poorest segment of the population in low and middle income countries is involved in primary production (agriculture, forestry, fishing). There is a growing realisation that addressing crop productivity constraints by itself is only part of the solution to alleviate poverty and enhance wealth. 

In areas where high crop productivity is attained and sufficient food is provided, the lack of suitable market opportunities prevents further socio-economic development. Cash income is required to enable proper healthcare and education. In this regard, increased emphasis should be given to creating new market opportunities and promoting agro-industrial development. The bio-economy can be applied at the small scale as a way to value addition and to help bring rural communities out of the circle of poverty.