RUCROP – University of Copenhagen






Rural-Urban Complementarities for the
Reduction of Poverty


Identifying the Contribution of Savings and Credit Facilities

RUCROP will contribute to solutions to the problems of urbanization and rural and urban poverty. The challenges that developing countries face in dealing with the increasing rural to urban migration are many. This project will attempt to identify possible interventions to address this challenge capitalizing on the Rural Urban Complementarities (RUC) and credit and savings services (CSS).

The overall objectives of the project are:

  • To identify opportunities and challenges from urbanization for rural and urban poverty reduction.
  • To assess the role of savings and credit services in the development of rural-urban linkages and their effect on agricultural productivity and poverty reduction.
  • To develop human resource capacity to analyse the complexities of rural-urban complementarities.


The project is funded by the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU) under the ‘Tanzania – Denmark Research Cooperation Pilot Programme, 2009’ and runs from July 2010 to June 2013.

The project is led by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Geology (DGG), University of Copenhagen in Denmark.