Leading Issues in Economic Development

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CHAPTER VII
Agriculture

Overview

VII.A. DESIGNING AN AGRICULTURAL STRATEGY

EXHIBIT VII.A.1. AGRICULTURAL LABOR FORCE AND PRODUCTIVITY

SELECTION VII.A.1. AGRICULTURE, CLIMATE, AND TECHNOLOGY: WHY
ARE THE TROPICS FALLING BEHIND?

Note VII.A.1. Food, Hunger, Famine

SELECTION VII.A.2. AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES

Note VII.A.2. Induced Technical and Institutional Change

Comment VII.A.1. The Green Revolution

SELECTION VII.A.3. SOME THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF AGRICULTURAL
POLICIES

SELECTION VII.A.4. RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE

SELECTION VII.A.5. PROSPECTS AND STRATEGIES FOR LAND REFORM

VII.B. MICROECONOMICS OF THE RURAL SECTOR

SELECTION VII.B.1. THE NEW DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS

SELECTION VII.B.2. CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENTS, EMPLOYMENT, AND
WAGES IN RURAL LABOR MARKETS: A CRITICAL REVIEW

SELECTION VII.B.3. THE NEW INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS AND
DEVELOPMENT THEORY

SELECTION VII.B.4. RURAL CREDIT MARKETS AND INSTITUTIONS IN
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: LESSONS FOR POLICY ANALYSIS FROM
PRACTICE AND MODERN THEORY

SELECTION VII.B.5. A SURVEY OF AGRICULTURAL HOUSEHOLD MODELS:
RECENT FINDINGS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS

Comment VII.B.1. Supply Functions and Price Responsiveness


Overview

The first section of this chapter begins with Exhibit VII.A.1, showing the share of agriculture in each country's labor force and each country's agricultural productivity relative to its nonagricultural productivity. Agricultural productivity in low human development countries is an even smaller fraction of that in high human development countries than is nonagricultural productivity, as we saw in Note I.A.2. Raising agricultural productivity is crucial for raising incomes of agricultural workers, who make up a large fraction or even the majority of the labor

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