Destruction of rural subsistence economy

Other Names:
Unprotected subsistence rights

The rural subsistence economy, the part of the economy from which until now the bulk of the rural population of developing countries produced its requirements, is being subjected to continual encroachments and destruction by capital-intensive export-agriculture, industrialization, and depredation of the environment. It is the destruction of this sector (a sector only partly integrated into the world economy and still partly autonomous) which is the root cause of the emigration of large parts of the rural population.


Despite declarations by institutions such as the World Bank that the destruction of this sector should not run out of control, and the knowledge that it constitutes a source of cheap labour and the basis for political stability, nothing concrete has been done.

Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Date of last update
10.07.2019 – 17:48 CEST