International Agricultural Development

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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. ...

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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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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: 9780801858789
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in Development
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.75 (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

Preface
Pt. I The Challenge
1 Agricultural Development Ideas in Historical Perspective 8
2 Agriculture and Food Needs to 2025 39
3 Foreign Aid and Agriculture-Led Development 55
Pt. II Historical and Theoretical Perspectives
4 Economic Performance through Time 78
5 Community, Market, and State 90
6 Markets, Market Failures, and Development 103
7 The Agricultural Transformation 113
8 Agriculture on the Road to Industrialization 136
9 Models of Agricultural Development 155
10 Induced Innovation Model of Agricultural Development 163
Pt. III Policy Perspectives
11 The Macroeconomics of Food and Agriculture 187
12 The Case for Trade Liberalization 212
13 The Plundering of Agriculture in Developing Countries 226
14 The Political Framework for Agricultural Policy Decisions 234
15 Food, Economics, and Entitlements 240
Pt. IV Agricultural Transformation and Rural Economic Development
16 Agricultural Development: Transforming Human Capital, Technology, and Institutions 271
17 Agricultural and Rural Development: Painful Lessons 287
18 The Peasant in Economic Modernization 300
19 Reflections on Land Reform and Farm Size 316
20 Investing in People 329
21 Projects for Women: Explaining Their Misbehavior 339
22 Agricultural Extension in the Twenty-first Century 354
23 How Do Market Failures Justify Interventions in Rural Credit Markets? 370
24 Microfinance: The Paradigm Shift from Credit Delivery to Sustainable Financial Intermediation 390
25 Micro and Small Enterprises and the Rural Poor 416
26 Constraints on the Design of Sustainable Systems of Agricultural Production 431
27 African Agriculture: Productivity and Sustainability Issues 444
28 Maintaining Productivity Gains in Post-Green Revolution Asian Agriculture 458
29 Confronting the Ecological Consequences of the Rice Green Revolution in Tropical Asia 474
30 Choice of Technique in Rice Milling on Java 494
Pt. V Lessons from Economies in Transition
31 Agricultural Development and Reform in China 523
32 The Role of Agriculture in Indonesia's Development 539
33 Zimbabwe's Maize Revolution: Insights for Closing Africa's Food Gap 550
34 Path-dependent Policy Reforms: From Land Reform to Rural Development in Colombia 571
35 Agricultural Reform in Central and Eastern Europe 586
Name Index 603
Subject Index 607
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