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This paper examined the pattern of economic growth during 1991 to 2005 in order to assess the role of agriculture in promoting equitable growth in Bangladesh. In particular the paper examined the strength of the channel through which agricultural growth benefits the poor by increasing their income and identified the measures that could bring a more pro-poor agricultural growth in the country. This paper also examined the poverty trends in the 1990s and the income profile of the poor to identify their major income sources. The paper assessed the growth performance of the economy during 1991 to 2005 and examined the relative strength of the linkages of agricultural growth with the incomes of the poor through sectoral and labour market channels. Some policy implications to strengthen agricultural growth-poverty linkages are also presented in this study.

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