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Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy

Agricultural Development and Economic Transformation

Promoting Growth with Poverty Reduction

Authors: Mellor, John W.

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  • Provides comprehensive and original coverage of agriculture’s key role in economic development
  • Focuses on the economic transformation of low- and middle-income countries
  • Draws from Mellor’s several decades of experience in international agricultural development
  • Features major broadening and quantification to Mellor’s acclaimed 1966 text
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This book examines the role of agriculture in the economic transformation of developing low- and middle-income countries and explores means for accelerating agricultural growth and poverty reduction. In this volume, Mellor measures by household class the employment impact of alternative agricultural growth rates and land tenure systems, and impact on cereal consumption and food security. The book provides detailed analysis of each element of agricultural modernization, emphasizing the central role of government in accelerated growth in private sector dominated agriculture. The book differs from the bulk of current conventional wisdom in its placement of the non-poor small commercial farmer at the center of growth, and explains how growth translates into poverty reduction. This new book is a follow up to Mellor’s classic, prize-winning text, The Economics of Agricultural Development.

Listed as a Best Books of 2017: Economics by Financial Times.

About the authors

John W. Mellor is Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, USA, and President of John Mellor Associates, Inc., a policy consulting firm. He was previously Professor of Agricultural Economics, Economics and Asian Studies; Associate Director and Acting Director of the Center for International Studies, Cornell University; Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute; and Chief Economist of the United States Agency for International Development. He was the recipient of the Wihuri Prize (Finland) and the Presidential Award (The Reagan White House, USA) for efforts to alleviate hunger, and he is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Agricultural Economics Association. 

Reviews

“The book offers a detailed roadmap for government-driven structural transformation via small-farm agriculture. The prose in the book is remarkably accessible to practitioners, students, and applied economists. … amount of detail Mellor offers from agricultural development in different developing countries is an achievement, and the book makes for an engaging read.” (Sumit Mishra, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 63 (2), 2019)

 


Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-14

    Mellor, John W.

  • The Economic Transformation

    Pages 17-28

    Mellor, John W.

  • Measuring the Impact of Agricultural Growth on Economic Transformation

    Pages 29-46

    Mellor, John W.

  • Poverty, Food Security, and Nutrition

    Pages 47-60

    Mellor, John W.

  • Capital Formation and the Exchange Rate

    Pages 61-71

    Mellor, John W.

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65259-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65258-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Agricultural Development and Economic Transformation
Book Subtitle
Promoting Growth with Poverty Reduction
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65259-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65259-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-65258-0
Series ISSN
2662-3889
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 259
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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