International Agricultural Development, 3e / Edition 3

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Extensively revised to reflect the new directions in development thought and policy, this new edition of a classic text examines what has been learned theoretically and empirically about agricultural and rural economic development since the 1950s.

With 24 of the 35 chapters completely new, the book takes into account recent developments in international agricultural development, especially as these affected the role of the state, markets, and other institutions in development. The authors address three basic questions about agricultural development in low- and middle-income countries: What are the strategic roles of agriculture in national development strategies? How can the agrarian transformation be accelerated? How can rural economic development be promoted to generate jobs and reduce poverty in rural areas? In addressing these questions, the authors deal with topics such as market failures, food insecurity, rural poverty, environmental degradation, income and asset inequality, fiscally sustainable organizations, the changing roles of the public and private sector in research, and input and output marketing systems. Four case studies (China, Indonesia, Colombia, and Sub-Saharan Africa) examine how different countries struggle with these issues as they restructure their basic economic institutions.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Journal of Development Studies

A welcome addition to the literature on agricultural development... with a wide coverage of its major considerations.

. Abstracts of Development Studies

Presents the views of leading scholars on major theoretical and policy issues concerning agriculture's role in the Third World economies

American Journal of Agricultural Economics - Steven A. Block

The third edition of Carl Eicher and John Staatz's compendium of literature on agricultural development represents a substantial improvement over what was already by far the best collection available. The new edition (re-titled from Agricultural Development in the Third World) is thoroughly revised and updated. Of the 35 chapters, 24 are new to this edition. Ten of the new chapters were commissioned especially for this volume, and I completely agree with the editors' selection of 11 chapters retained from the second edition. The changes serve well to broaden and modernize the scope of the previous volume, paying substantial attention to topics of current concern, and strengthening intellectual ties between agricultural development and the broader literature on economic development. In short, it remains the preeminent anthology in the field and should be required reading in any graduate or undergraduate course in agricultural development.

A collection of essays addressing basic questions about agricultural development in low- and middle-income countries, arranged in sections on historical, theoretical, and policy perspectives, agricultural transformation and rural economic development, and lessons from economies in transition. Includes an introductory background chapter, as well as section introductions. This edition has a more global title, and includes 24 new chapters, while retaining eleven key contributions from the first and second editions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801858796
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/22/1998
  • Series: The Johns Hopkins Studies in Development Series
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Eicher is the University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University. John M. Staatz is a professor n the Department of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents



Part I - The Challenge


Agricultural Development Ideas in Historical Perspective

John M. Staatz and Carl K. Eicher

Agricultural and Foods Needs to 2025

Alex F. McCalla

Foreign Aid and Agriculture-Led Development

John W. Mellor

Part II - Historical and Theoretical Perspectives


Economic Performance through Time

Douglass C. North

Community, Market, and State

Yujiro Hayami

Markets, Market Failures, and Development

Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Agricultural Transformation

C. Peter Timmer

Agriculture on the Road to Industrialization

John W. Mellor

Models of Agricultural Development

Vernon W. Ruttan

Induced Innovation Model of Agricultural Development

Vernon W. Ruttan and Yujiro Hayami

Part III - Policy Perspectives


The Macroeconomics of Food and Agriculture

C. Peter Timmer

The Case for Trade Liberalization

Rudiger Dornbusch

The Plundering of Agriculture in Developing Countries

Maurice Schiff and Alberto Vald├ęs

The Political Framework for Agricultural Policy Decisions

Robert H. Bates

Food, Economics, and Entitlements

Anartya Sen

Part IV - Agricultural Transformation and Rural Economic Development


Learning from Experience

Agricultural Development: Transforming Human Capital, Technology, and Institutions

James T. Bonnen

Agricultural and Rural Development: Painful Lessons

Hans P. Binswanger

The Peasant in Economic Modernization

Yujiro Hayami

Institutional and Human Capital

Reflections on Land Reform and Farm Size

Hans P. Binswanger and Miranda Elgin

Investing in People

Theodore W. Schultz

Projects for Women: Explaining Their Misbehavior

Mayra Buvini

Agricultural Extension in the Twenty-first Century

Charles H. Antholt

How Do Market Failures Justify Interventions in Rural Credit Markets?

Timothy J. Besley

Microfinance: The Paradigm Shift form Credit Delivery to Sustainable Financial Intermediation

Marguerite S. Robinson

Micro and Small Enterprises and the Rural Poor

Carl Liedholm

Technology Development and Sustainability

Constraints on the Design of Sustainable Systems of Agricultural Production

Vernon W. Ruttan

African Agriculture: Productivity and Sustainability Issues

Thomas Reardon

Maintaining Productivity Gains in Post- Green Revolution Asian Agriculture

Michael Morris and Derek Byerlee

Confronting the Ecological Consequences of the Rice Green Revolution in Tropical Asia

Prabhu L. Pingali

Choice of Technique in Rice Milling on Java

C. Peter Timmer, with a comment by William L. Collier, Jusuf Colter, Sinarhadi, and Robert d'A. Shaw and a reply by C. Peter Timmer

Past V - Lessons from Economies in Transition


Agricultural Development and Reform in China

Justin Yifu Lin

The Role of Agriculture in Indonesia's Development

C. Peter Timmer

Zimbabwe's Maize Revoluion: Insights for Closing Africa's Food Gap.

Carl K. Eicher and Bernard Kupfuma

Path-dependent Policy Reforms: From Land Reform to Rural Development in Columbia

Alain de Janvry and Elizabeth Sadoulet

Agricultrual Reform in Central and Eastern Europe

Johan F.M. Swinnen

Name Index

Subject Index

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