incomes than other approaches to poverty alleviation, which may be limited to a geographical area. A further advantage of the sub-sectoral approach is that rapidly growing sub-sectors may be identified and poor producers enabled to take over more profitable elements of the manufacturing chain,
so as to benefit from the growth. This article describes the work of PRADAN in north India, and gives case studies of how a sub-sectoral analysis of production has enabled disadvantaged groups to increase their skills or change their working patterns and to sell higher-value produce, thereby
earning a better income.
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