Knowledge for Development

Agriculture for development: new paradigm and options for success


Date: 22/05/2013


The role of agriculture as an instrument for industrialisation had been rigorously conceptualized in the 1960s and 1970s under the classical paradigm of development economics. After many implementation failures under import substitution industrialisation policies and protracted neglect of agriculture under the policies of the Washington Consensus that followed the debt crisis, agriculture has gradually returned in the development agenda, especially with the food crisis. Alain de Janvry, UC Berkeley, argues in this article that a new paradigm has started to emerge as to how to use agriculture for development, pursuing a broadened development agenda. He explores the specifications of this paradigm and discusses conditions for successful implementation.

(International Association of Agricultural Economists, 2010)

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