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economic development and agricultural productivity

Edited by Amit Bhaduri, formerly Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and Rune Skarstein, Associate Professor of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
This important book challenges conventional development theory by addressing not only technological but also socio-economic factors influencing low agricultural productivity in the developing world.
Extent: 296 pp
Hardback Price: £86.00 Online: £77.40
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 978 1 85898 615 9
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This important book challenges conventional development theory by addressing not only technological but also socio-economic factors influencing low agricultural productivity in the developing world.

Agricultural productivity has long been regarded as a fundamental factor in influencing economic development, yet relatively little research has examined the causes of stagnated and low agricultural productivity in developing countries. This book goes beyond the traditional discussion of low productivity being primarily determined by technological factors, and addresses the more complex determinants. Special attention is given to the influences of ecology and environmental degradation, the distribution of political power and socio-economic factors, as well as possibilities for biotechnology. The authors have been drawn from an international arena and transcend traditional academic disciplines combining historical, statistical and formal analysis for a better understanding of critical development issues.

Economic Development and Agricultural Productivity will be of special interest to development and agricultural economists and policymakers.
‘This is a thought-provoking book worthy of the attention of all professionals working with issues of agricultural development in developing countries.’
– Pierre Crosson, Resources for the Future, US

‘For the development researcher or practitioner the main new insights afforded by this book are likely to be the two main chapters on the history of agricultural change in the now industrialised countries, since this may be unfamiliar territory to such readers.’
– Frank Ellis, The Economic Journal
Contributors: M. Abdel-Fadil, J.O. Andersson, P. Bairoch, R. Bali, S.L. Barraclough, A. Bhaduri, R. Brenner, L. Busch, G. Dyer, K.J. Havnevik, C. Kay, S. Lindberg, L. Magnusson, J. Martinez-Alier, M. Morell, P. Raikes, H.-B. Schäfer, N. Shenmugaratnam, R. Skarstein, S. Storm
Contents: Introduction Part I: Historical Perspectives on Productivity in Agriculture Part II: The Role of the Price Mechanism in Relation to the Agricultural Sector Part III: Stagnation and Growth in Agricultural Productivity: The Influence of Class Relations and the Role of the State Part IV: Ecological Sustainability of Agricultural Productivity Growth Index