Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The Dragon & the Elephant: Agricultural and Rural Reforms in China and India

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The Dragon & the Elephant: Agricultural and Rural Reforms in China and India

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Review: The Dragon & The Elephant: Agricultural and Rural Reforms in China and India Ashok Gulati and Shenggen Fan (Eds.) Reviewed by Varinder Jain Centre for Development Studies, India Gulati, Ashok and Fan, Shenggen (Eds.). The Dragon & The Elephant: Agricultural and Rural Reforms in China and India. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. xxvi + 548pp. ISBN 978-0-8018- 8787-1. US$38.00, paper.

The economies of China and India have gained recognition as growing Asian giants, who have made wonders in attaining not only higher levels of growth but also mitigating the plight of their masses through a variety of public programmes. A variety of reforms undertaken by these economies have engaged researchers worldwide in making detailed enquiries about these economies mainly for tracing out potential lessons for other developing nations who are yet in the preliminary stages of a voyage towards economic growth and poverty mitigation. One such sincere effort is made by 'International Food Policy and Research Institute' (IFPRI) who have brought researchers and practitioners from both the countries together to provide a detailed (comparative) account of rural and agricultural reforms undertaken by these Asian giants. Consequently, as many as thirty-two eminent scholars from both countries have engaged themselves in providing a comparative account of rural development and agricultural reform experiences of China and India, mainly with an interest to enquire about the nature, pattern, processes, impacts and potential lessons emanating from the rural and agricultural reforms undertaken by both economies.

The subject matter of the book is quite comprehensive, informative and thought-provoking. Specifically, the twenty-two contributions address the issues of land tenure system, land institutions, land reforms, health systems, public investment and poverty reduction, anti-poverty programmes, agricultural trade, agricultural diversification, rural non-farm sector, agricultural research and technology etc. Obviously such broad coverage of subject matter, besides the comprehensiveness of each and every contribution, makes this anthology a unique volume providing a comparative account of the rural segments of both economies. …

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