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Agriculture, technological change and the environment in Latin America

Trigo looks at the elements of a strategy for technological development and institutional change to promote the goals of agricultural intensification, poverty alleviation, and resource conservation. He notes that the need for technological research…

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Local organizations for natural resource management

The sustainability of natural resource management depends not only on appropriate technology and prices, but also upon the institutions involved in resource management at the local level. This discussion paper aims to identify factors which condition…

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Africa's changing agricultural development strategies

In this paper, Christopher L. Delgado, of IFPRI's senior research staff, takes a critical look at the changing paradigms of agricultural development that have influenced agricultural policy in Africa since the colonial era. The review shows how…

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A 2020 vision for food, agriculture, and the environment in Latin America

This is a thoughtful statement representing a genuine Latin American perspective of the goals and strategies relating to food, agriculture, and the environment as we head toward the year 2020. This document represents a synthesis of documents prepared…

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The extended family and intrahousehold allocation

This paper examines the role of the extended family on investments in children, using data from a retrospective survey of three generations in the rural Philippines. Econometric results show that interactions between grandparent characteristics and…

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A food demand system based on demand for characteristics

A food demand system is proposed, based on demand for energy, variety, and tastes of foods. By specifying utility as an explicit function of these characteristics, the entire matrix of demand elasticities can be derived for n foods and one nonfood…

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The Green Revolution in a macroeconomic perspective

This paper analyzes the income and equity effects of the dramatic growth in rice yield in the Philippines during the green revolution period 1965-1980 using a modified Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) framework. Proportionately larger income benefits…

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The development of maize seed markets in Sub-Saharan Africa

The development of the maize seed industry and private seed companies in selected Sub-Saharan Africa countries over the past 95 years is outlined. The study provides evidence that seed industry development is an evolutionary learning-by-doing process…

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Total factor productivity and sources of long-term growth in Indian agriculture

This paper assesses total factor productivity (TFP) growth in India, examines the sources of productivity growth, including public and private investment, and estimates the rates of return to public investments in agriculture. The results show that…

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