Publication: Agriculture and development: Revisiting the Policy Narratives

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 10:30

In this article, Stefan Dercon, Professor of Development Economics and, currently, Chief Economist at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), questions the role of agriculture in policy narratives for development.

He looks at what recent research on agriculture in poor countries tells us about the effectiveness, or not, of investing in agriculture to reduce poverty.

Her concludes:

"There is a tendency to overstate the role agriculture plays in development and, as a result, some of the wrong battles are being fought in the policy advocacy arena, and inappropriate advice is being offered to policy makers. A more open and self-critical approach to the place of agriculture in development would be more helpful for policy design."

Read the whole article in the journal of Agricultural Economics here.

The article is discussed by Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute of Development Studies, in his blog.

Photo: Anton Eitzinger (CIAT)

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