Agricultural Development Principles
Economic Theory and Empirical Evidence
What are the food and agricultural development problems facing Third World nations? Does current economic theory help accelerate growth? Does it foster useful development policies? This book addresses these and other questions to provide a wide-ranging and thorough introduction to the theories, policies, and practices aimed at increasing food production and agricultural development.
Individual sections examine recent agricultual prograss in developing nations, including increased production and growing demand; the economic and social theory of agricultural development; and sources of accelerated growth through biochemical and mechanical technologies and improved argicultural institutions. Rural financial markets, cooperatives, and land reform are also examined. Later chapters focus on agricultural research and extention, agricultural marketing, trade, price policies, and planning. A concluding chapter looks at new strategies for accelerating agricultural development.
Past decades have seen an explosion of empirical research on Third Wolrd agriculture. This up-to-date, comprehensive overview will interest not only students of agricultural development in the Third World but also professional in government and international organizations.
About the Authors
Robert D. Stevens is professor of agricultural economics in the COllege is Agricultural and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Cathy L. Jabara is an economist within the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
"A splendid textbook... full of relevant information about the practical realities."
"Goes a long way to providing a balanced and complete treatment of the complex interrelationship between the technical and institutional aspects of agricultural development. It is destined to become widely used in college courses on the subject."
"Likely to become required reading for most students of agricultural development... This volume should prove of considerable value to university teachers and students alike... All aspects of agricultural development (mainly, but not exclusively, those of the Third World) are covered... with commendable conciseness."
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