9780821360675

Agricultural Growth for the Poor : An Agenda for Development

  • ISBN13:

    9780821360675

  • ISBN10:

    0821360671

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-06-01
  • Publisher: World Bank

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Summary

The majority of the world's poor depend directly or indirectly on agriculture. Despite the strong linkages between broad-based agricultural growth and poverty reduction, international support to agriculture sharply declined from the late 1980s. The need to raise agriculture's prominence in the development agenda has never been greater. This book seeks to articulate the World Bank's Rural Strategy on agriculture to the wider development community. It provides decision makers with the rationale for supporting agriculture by presenting the lessons learned on the policies, institutions, and priority investments that can sustain pro-poor agricultural growth.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
Executive Summary xv
1. The Role of Agricultural Growth in Development Strategies to Benefit the Poor 1(20)
Agriculture's Central Role in Meeting the Millennium Development Goals
3(8)
As Economies Change, Links between Agriculture and the Poor Change
11(10)
2. The Rapidly Changing Context for Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities 21(22)
The Changing Context: The Demand Side
22(5)
The Changing Context: The Supply Side
27(7)
The Changing Global Environment: From Commerce to Climate Change
34(3)
Who's Who in Agriculture: Changing Players, Changing Partners
37(2)
Rapid Change and the Need for New Approaches
39(4)
3. Policies and Institutions to Accelerate Agricultural Growth for the Poor 43(44)
Promoting the Global Agenda
45(6)
An Agenda for Policies and Institutions at the National Level
51(36)
4. Public Investments for Pro-Poor Growth 87(28)
The Rationale for Public Sector Investment
88(3)
Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Private Investment and Market Development
91(2)
Declining Allocations of Public Expenditures to Agriculture: Causes, Effects, and Solutions
93(2)
Public Investment in Physical Capital to Keep Agriculture Competitive
95(7)
Public Investment in Human and Social Capital to Benefit the Poor
102(3)
Public Investment in Natural Capital to Sustain the Environment
105(3)
Matching Grants to Provide Public Goods and Income
108(4)
Entry Points for Public Policy
112(1)
Getting Policies, Institutions, and Investments Right
113(2)
5. Tailoring Development Support to Diverse Agricultural Systems 115(34)
Three Agricultural Megasystems
116(2)
Five Pathways to Foster Agricultural Growth in Different Contexts
118(2)
Agricultural Growth in Irrigated High-Potential Systems
120(9)
Agricultural Growth in High- and, Medium-Potential Systems with Limited Access to Markets
129(6)
Agricultural Growth and Sustainability in Marginal Drylands
135(8)
Increasing the Impact of Investments in Diverse Agricultural Contexts
143(6)
6. Getting Agriculture Back on the Development Agenda 149(22)
Improving Investments in Agriculture
151(12)
Conclusions: Increasing Impact and Getting Agriculture Back on the Development Agenda
163(8)
Endnotes 171(4)
References 175(10)
Index 185

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