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Dorward, Andrew, Kydd, Jonathan, Morrison, Jamie and Urey, Ian (2004) 'A Policy Agenda for Pro-Poor Agricultural Growth.' World Development, 32 (1). pp. 73-89.

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Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of South Asia are likely to hold large numbers of very poor rural people into the foreseeable future. Although both history and theory suggest a pre-eminent role for agricultural growth in poverty reduction in poor agrarian economies, such growth today faces new difficulties. Many of these difficulties are endogenous to today’s poor rural areas, others result from broader processes of global change, but some are due to changes in the dominant policy environment, emphasizing liberalization and state withdrawal. Examination of 20th century Green Revolutions suggests that active state interventions were important in supporting critical stages of agricultural market development. Unfortunately such interventions’ benefits in institutional development are easily overlooked, whereas their high costs are much more visible. Policy implications are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
ISSN: 0305750X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2008 11:36

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