The Ambiguous Effects of Policy Reforms on Sustainable Agricultural Intensificaton in Africa: Renewed Threats to Fragile Margins?

AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES AND TROPICAL DEFORESTATION, Arild Angelsen and David Kaimowitz, eds., CAB International

Posted: 25 Feb 2001

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Thomas Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Abstract

This book chapter presents evidence and explanation on the midex effects market-oriented policy reforms have had on sustainable agricultural intensification in Africa, focusing in particular on incentives to clear forest for cultivation. Much policy reform has been blind to the net effects on smallholder production incentives, focusing excessively on macro-level reforms that have often just laid bare underlying structural weaknesses in rural markets, sometimes reversing policies that induced sustainable intensification.

Suggested Citation

Reardon, Thomas A. and Barrett, Christopher B., The Ambiguous Effects of Policy Reforms on Sustainable Agricultural Intensificaton in Africa: Renewed Threats to Fragile Margins?. AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES AND TROPICAL DEFORESTATION, Arild Angelsen and David Kaimowitz, eds., CAB International. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=258572

Thomas A. Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

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Christopher B. Barrett (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management ( email )

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