Beyond Food Production
The Role of Agriculture in Poverty Reduction
, Alberto Valdés
Edited by Fabrizio Bresciani, formerly Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy and Alberto Valdés, Research Associate, Catholic University, Santiago, Chile
Co-published with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
|2007 240 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 075 4
|ebook isbn 978 1 78100 979 6
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‘The book is an important contribution to understanding the nature of the linkages that could help agricultural growth reduce poverty in developing countries. . . The findings will be helpful for development planning in the future.’
– Frithjof Kuhnen, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture
Contributors: R.M. Al-Hassan, G. Anríquez, F. Bresciani, S. Hendriks, J.B.D. Jatoe, J. Kirsten, R. López, M. Lyne, C.L. Machethe, J. May, M. Panda, C. Punt,
I. Soloaga, S. Sumarto, A. Suryahadi, M. Torres, A. Valdés
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The importance of agricultural growth to poverty reduction is well known, but the specific channels through which the poor can take advantage of growth require further research. Beyond Food Production takes on this challenge, investigating four important channels: rural labor markets, farm incomes, food prices, and linkages to other economic sectors.
Using six developing country cases, this study elucidates the mechanisms linking agriculture growth to economic development and the wellbeing of the poor. The evidence shows that governments should view the sector’s contribution in wider terms, recognizing both its interaction with other economic sectors, and that labor markets and trade policies can play a critical role in mediating agriculture’s impact on poor households’ incomes. To achieve effective rural poverty strategies the book calls for a broad economy-wide perspective on the role of agriculture in the overall growth process.
This book will be of great interest to students of international agricultural development as well as economists and professionals serving in international development organizations.
PART I: SYNTHESIS AND THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
1. The Role of Agriculture in Poverty Reduction: A Synthesis of the Country Case Studies
Fabrizio Bresciani and Alberto Valdés
2. Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction
PART II: COUNTRY CASE STUDIES
Ramón López and Gustavo Anríquez
Isidro Soloaga and Mario Torres
Sudarno Sumarto and Asep Suryahadi
Ramatu M. Al-Hassan and John Baptist D. Jatoe
8. South Africa
Johann Kirsten, Julian May, Sheryl Hendriks, Mike Lyne, Charles L. Machethe and Cecilia Punt