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A Survey of Agricultural Economics Literature V4

A Survey of Agricultural Economics Literature V4: Agriculture in Economic Development 1940s to 1990s

Lee R. Martin editor
Copyright Date: 1992
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 1072
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    A Survey of Agricultural Economics Literature V4
    Book Description:

    This comprehensive four-volume series provides surveys of the literature in agricultural economics published from the 1940s to the 1990s.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-8377-2
    Subjects: Technology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-xvi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. xvii-xxiii)

    In March 1968, C. E. Bishop, president of the American Agricultural Economics Association, appointed a committee to investigate the need for a major survey of agricultural economics literature published from the 1940s to the 1970s. The committee found that an extensive assessment of this body of literature would indeed be of value to research workers, teachers, extension workers, and graduate students in economics and economic statistics, sociology, geography, political science, and anthropology, as well as teachers, research workers, extension workers, and graduate students in the different fields of technical agriculture. In the end the committee was assigned the responsibility for...

  4. Abbreviations Used in Texts, Notes, and References
    (pp. xxiv-xxxiv)
  5. PART ONE Agricultural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Survey
    (pp. 3-328)
    Carl K. Eicher and Doyle C. Baker

    Sub-Saharan Africa is a vast subcontinent of forty-five countries,¹ heterogeneous endowments of resources, seven colonial histories, and uneven levels and opportunities for development (Figure I).² The population of Africa in 1990 is about 500 million. Nigeria has one-fourth of the population and produces about onehalf of the gross national product of the subcontinent. Population densities in Africa are extremely low relative to Asia. The Sudan, for example, is two-thirds the size of India but it has only twenty-three million people as compared with 800 million in India. The Republic of Zaire (formerly the Belgian Congo) is five times the size...

  6. PART TWO Agriculture in Economic Development: Theories, Findings, and Challenges in an Asian Context
    (pp. 331-542)
    John W. Mellor and Mohinder S. Mudahar

    Since World War II and the end of colonialism in Asia, there has been a substantial evolution in thought about the role of agriculture in economic development and the processes by which agriculture develops. That evolution has been reflected not only in the substance of the literature but also in the relative weight given to different areas of analysis.

    Also, the proportion of research and literature from the developing world has increased. Western economists had a large, perhaps even dominant, influence on published thought about agriculture and development in the early postwar period. The remains of the colonial legacy and...

  7. PART THREE The Theory, Empirical Evidence, and Debates on Agricultural Development Issues in Latin America: A Selective Survey
    (pp. 545-968)
    G.Edward Schuh and Antonio Salazar P. Brandão

    This survey makes no pretense at being complete. The literature is too vast and published in too diverse a form to make any pretention of comprehensiveness. Some twenty countries are involved (the Caribbean countries, with the exception Cuba, are excluded), at least three languages, and a rather large scholarly community. Historians, sociologists, and anthropologists have had as much to say about agricultural development as have economists.

    The literature on Latin America is quite relevant to academic communities and students of agriculture worldwide. The problems of the region are important and challenging, and the perspectives on these problems of both the...

  8. PART FOUR Philosophic Foundations of Agricultural Economic Thought from World War II to the Mid-1970s
    (pp. 971-1037)
    Glenn L. Johnson

    Philosophic considerations helped to shape the history and literature of agricultural economics since World War II. The philosophic orientation of agricultural economists determined the kind of literature they produced, and in turn that work and literature determined their philosophic orientations. Agricultural economics literature is better understood when one is sensitive to its philosophic orientations.

    Scholars writing on philosophy and methodology sometimes apologize for discussing a boring, semantic, unproductive subject [Harrod, 1938]. No such apology is made here. I do not find it boring or unproductive to understand the philosophic foundations that guide our work and literature, and I do find...