Developing Agricultural Trade (The Role of Government in Adjusting Economies Series): New Roles for Government in Poor Countries

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Governments worldwide are seeking to liberalize agricultural trade, and to change their role from one of controlling trade and prices. Instead these governments seek new roles in encouraging market developments, ensuring quality, and providing food security by giving income assistance rather than controlling food supplies. The issue of how this process is being managed in developing countries is the focus of this book. A series of case studies including India, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Ivory Coast ...
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Overview

Governments worldwide are seeking to liberalize agricultural trade, and to change their role from one of controlling trade and prices. Instead these governments seek new roles in encouraging market developments, ensuring quality, and providing food security by giving income assistance rather than controlling food supplies. The issue of how this process is being managed in developing countries is the focus of this book. A series of case studies including India, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Ivory Coast highlights the individuality of approaches and the varying capability and will of governments to take on these new roles.
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Mike Hubbard is at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Pt. I Introduction
1 Government and Markets: Theory and Concepts 3
2 Reforming the Role of Government in Agricultural Markets 16
Pt. II Country Studies of the Changing Role of Government in Agricultural Trade
3 India 33
4 Sri Lanka 49
5 Ghana 65
6 Zimbabwe 77
7 Kenya 92
Pt. III Key Issues in Developing Agricultural Trade
8 Can Food Supplies be Entrusted to the Market? 103
9 Can Public Marketing Agencies be Reformed? 117
10 Can Public Services to Marketing be Contracted Out? 148
11 How can Quality be Assured? 170
12 What Public Role is There in Market Information? 189
Pt. IV Conclusion
13 Developing Agricultural Trade: New Roles for Government 201
Notes 212
References 226
Index 234
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