Sharada Keats is Research Officer at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in the United Kingdom. She specializes in agricultural development economics and has previously worked in this capacity as a research assistant at the University of Reading, and at the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. She is currently involved in a project looking at causes and consequences of the recent boom in global staple food prices.
Rural wages are rising in Asia, and the strongest drivers are demographic changes and the growth of manufacturing. With few fanfares, something remarkable is happening in Asia. Rural wages are rising.