Agricultural commercialization, economic development, and nutrition

Agricultural commercialization, economic development, and nutrition

Joachim von Braun, ed., Eileen T. Kennedy, ed.
1994

Why should there be a book about the commercialization of subsistence agriculture, economic development, and nutrition? There are two compelling reasons. First, concerns and suspicions about adverse effects on the poor of commercialization of subsistence agriculture persist and influence policy of developing countries and of donor agencies. Second, in rural areas of low-income countries, nutritional welfare is determined by many complex factors whose relationships to agricultural commercialization and economic development need to be traced in order to design optimal rural growth policies that benefit the poor. In view of the challenges of rapid urbanization and the chances of commercialization, the question is not if subsistence agriculture should be overcome, but how. Thus, the purpose of this book is to clarify concepts, add comprehensive factual information, and assist policy and program analysts in identifying potentials and risks of promoting commercialization of agriculture for poverty alleviation.

  1. Introduction and Overview. 
  2. Conceptual Framework. 
  3. Production, Employment, and Income Effects of Commercialization of Agriculture 
  4. Consumption Effects of Commercialization of Agriculture. 
  5. Health and Nutrition Effects of Commercialization of Agriculture. 
  6. Commercialization of Agriculture and Food Security: Development Strategy and Trade Policy Issues
  7. China's Experience with Market Reform for Commercialization of Agriculture in Poor Areas.
  8. Investment in Rural Infrastructure: Critical for Commercialization in Bangladesh.
  9. Agricultural Processing Enterprises: Development Potentials and Links to the Smallholder.
  10. Contract Farming and Commercialization of Agriculture in Developing Countries.
  11. Income and Employment Generation from Agricultural Processing and Marketing at the Village Level: A Study in Upland Java, Indonesia.
  12. Nontraditional Vegetable Crops and Food Security among Smallholder Farmers in Guatemala.
  13. The Nutrition Effects of Sugarcane Cropping in a Southern Philippine Province.
  14. The Effect of a Short-Lived Plantation on Income, Consumption, and Nutrition: An Example from Papua New Guinea.
  15. Why Should It Matter What Commodity Is the Source of Agricultural Profits? Dairy Development in India.
  16. Effects of Sugarcane Production in Southwestern Kenya on Income and Nutrition.
  17. Commercialization of Rice and Nutrition: A Case from West Kenya.
  18. The Triple Role of Potatoes as a Source of Cash, Food, and Employment: Effects on Nutritional Improvement in Rwanda.
  19. Maize in Zambia: Effects of Technological Change on Food Consumption and Nutrition.
  20. Tobacco Cultivation, Food Production, and Nutrition among Smallholders in Malawi.
  21. Smallholder Tree Crops in Sierra Leone: Impacts on Food Consumption and Nutrition.
  22. Nutritional Effects of Commercialization of a Woman's Crop: Irrigated Rice in The Gambia.
  23. Conclusions for Agricultural Commercialization Policy.