The Herbicide Revolution in Developing Countries: Patterns, Causes, and Implications

27 Pages Posted: 30 May 2018

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Steven Haggblade

Michigan State University

Bart Minten

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium

Carl Pray

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

Thomas Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

David Zilberman

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Date Written: May 2017

Abstract

Two major shocks in global supply systems have driven a rapid recent surge in herbicide adoption in the developing world. A flood of off-patent herbicide formulations has hit global markets at the same time that emerging low-cost Asian suppliers have mastered herbicide production technologies, scaled up productive capacity, and significantly lowered production costs. Together, they have increased availability and driven down herbicide costs in farming communities across the developing world. In settings where rural wage rates face upwards pressure, from non-farm and urban employment alternatives, herbicide adoption has responded rapidly. The years since 2005, in particular, have witnessed a sharp spurt in herbicide adoption in countries as diverse as China and Ethiopia. The six case studies reported in this special issue – the USA, EU, China, India, Ethiopia, and Mali – examine the differences in timing, key drivers, and consequences of herbicide adoption across this broad range of global settings.

Keywords: agriculture, herbicides, global, intensification, environment

Suggested Citation

Haggblade, Steven and Minten, Bart and Pray, Carl and Reardon, Thomas A. and Zilberman, David, The Herbicide Revolution in Developing Countries: Patterns, Causes, and Implications (May 2017). The European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 29, Issue 3, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3187281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41287-017-0090-7

Steven Haggblade (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

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Bart Minten

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
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Carl Pray

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics ( email )

New Jersey
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Thomas A. Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
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517-432-1800 (Fax)

David Zilberman

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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