International Agricultural Development, third edition
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.
About the Authors
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.
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.
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