Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction

Edited by Jonathan Brooks
May 2012
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    21st May 2012
  • ISBN 9781780641058
  • Language English
  • Pages 200 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"
  • Images 37 illus, 2-color throughout

Copublished with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

This study addresses the role of agricultural policies in raising incomes in developing countries. It sets out a strategy for raising rural incomes which emphasizes the need to create diversified rural economies with opportunities within and outside agriculture. This means adopting policies that facilitate rather than impede structural change and integrate agricultural policies within the overall mix of policies and institutional reforms that are needed. By investing in public goods, such as infrastructure and agricultural research, and by building effective social safety nets, governments can reduce the pressures related to less efficient policies such as price controls and input subsidies.

"Without question, this volume has benefited from excellent insights and experience from seasoned experts covering diverse but immensely relevant contexts. It has also been well-written and the logical flow of the main themes allows for easy comprehension by audience as widely dispersed as beginning and advanced students, policy makers and practitioners and experts. It is clearly recommended as an indispensable component of course in agricultural development and public policy focusing on the developing world and countries in transition."

Ajuruchukwu Obi, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa - , International Journal of Agricultural Management

1) A strategic framework for strengthening rural incomes in developing countries.
2) Distributional impacts of commodity prices in developing countries.
3) The distributional implications of agricultural policies in developing countries – findings from the development policy evaluation model (DEVPEM).
4) Stabilization policies in developing countries after the 2007-08 food crisis.
5) The use of input subsidies in low-income countries.

Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks is a Senior Economist in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD.