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The World Development Report 2008: inconsistencies, silences, and the myth of 'win-win' scenarios

Oya, Carlos (2009) 'The World Development Report 2008: inconsistencies, silences, and the myth of 'win-win' scenarios.' Journal of Peasant Studies, 36 (3). pp. 593-601.

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Abstract

The World Development Report 2008 (WDR-2008) on agriculture and development has been received with much expectation and controversy. This paper welcomes some aspects of the WDR-2008 that help us reinvigorate some debates on agricultural development, so far marginalised in international development policy agendas. The paper, however, focuses on some critical problems in the report and the World Bank's stance on agriculture. First, there are tensions between advocacy and research and between the World Bank's rhetoric and operational realities. Secondly, the report suffers from the usual adherence to superficial win-win scenarios that mask conflict of interest and power relations. Thirdly, the WDR-2008 is caught in a tension between neo-populist pro-small farmer views and 'modernist' pro-agribusiness stances. Fourthly, the analysis of agricultural development in isolation from broader development processes and especially without a systematic analysis of industrialisation and agriculture-industry relations seriously limits the analytical and empirical value of the report.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 03066150
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/03066150903142949
Depositing User: Carlos Oya
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2009 10:00
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/8010

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