Handbook of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Development: Farmers, Farm Production and Farm Markets

Edited by

  • Robert Evenson, Yale University, New Haven, CT, U.S.A.
  • Prabhu Pingali, FAO/UN, Rome, Italy

Volume 3 of this series of the Handbooks in Economics follows on from the previous two volumes by focusing on the fundamental concepts of agricultural economics. The first part of the volume examines the developments in human resources and technology mastery. The second part follows on by considering the processes and impact of invention and innovation in this field. The effects of market forces are examined in the third part, and the volume concludes by analysing the economics of our changing natural resources, including the past effects of climate change.Overall this volume forms a comprehensive and accessible survey of the field of agricultural economics and is recommended reading for anyone with an interest, either academic or professional, in this area.
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Graduate students, researchers and professionals working or interested in the area of agricultural economics


Book information

  • Published: May 2007
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51873-6

Table of Contents

I IntroductionOverview: Robert E. Evenson and Prabhu PingaliII Human Resources and Technology MasteryChapter 1 – Agriculture and Human Capital in Economic Growth: Farmers, Schooling and Nutrition: Wallace Huffman and Peter F. OrazemChapter 2 - Extension: Gershon Feder and Jock R. AndersonIII Invention and InnovationChapter 3 - The Role of International Agricultural Research in Contributing to Global Food Security and Poverty Alleviation: the case of the CGIAR: Prabhu Pingali and Tim KelleyChapter 4 - Contributions of National Agricultural Research Systems to Crop Productivity: Robert E. Evenson & Douglas Gollin Chapter 5 - Livestock Productivity in Developing Countries: An Assessment: Simeon Ehui, Alejandro Nin-Pratt and Samuel BeninChapter 6 - Agricultural Innovations: Investments and Incentives: Brian D. Wright, Philip G. Pardey, Carol Nottenburg and Bonwoo KooChapter 7 - Private Agricultural Research: Carl E. Pray, Keith Fuglie and Daniel K.N. JohnsonChapter 8 – Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries: Robert Herdt, Gary Toenniessen and John O’TooleIV Markets, Institutions and Transaction CostsChapter 9 - Efficiency and Equity Effects of Land Markets: Keijiro OtsukaChapter 10 - Labor: Decisions, Contracts and Organization: James Roumasset and Sang-Hyop LeeChapter 11 – Fertilizer and Other Farm Chemicals: Paul W. Heisey and George W. NortonChapter 12 – Agricultural Mechanization: Adoption Patterns and Economic Impact: Prabhu PingaliChapter 13 - Transformation: Thomas Reardon and C. Peter TimmerChapter 14 - Financial Markets: Christopher R. Udry and Jonathan ConningV Natural ResourcesChapter 15 - Soil Quality and Agricultural Development: Pierre R. CrossonChapter 16 - The Economics of Water, Irrigation and Development: David Zilberman and Karina SchoengoldChapter 17 - Land Use: Forest, Agriculture and Biodiversity Competition: Roger A. Sedjo and R. David SimpsonChapter 18 - Past Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture: Robert O. Mendelsohn