Structural Transformation of the Agricultural Sector: A Primer

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Raian Divanbeigi

World Bank

Nina Paustian

World Bank

Norman Loayza

World Bank - Research Department

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

In developing countries, structural transformation started much later, mostly in the 1900s. The structural transformation of the agricultural sector has been characterized by the relative decline of basic agriculture; the rising importance of agribusiness, which includes the value added for agro-related industries and for agricultural trade and distribution services; as well as the growing share of high-value agricultural products in international trade with respect to traditional exports. Agricultural structural transformation has been shaped by three interrelated processes: improvements in productivity; change in composition in production; and change in mode of commercialization.

Keywords: Climate Change and Agriculture, Common Carriers Industry, Food & Beverage Industry, Pulp & Paper Industry, Plastics & Rubber Industry, Agribusiness, Crops and Crop Management Systems, Agricultural Economics, International Trade and Trade Rules, Agricultural Trade, Food Security, Business Cycles and Stabilization Policies, Trade and Agriculture

Suggested Citation

Divanbeigi, Raian and Paustian, Nina and Loayza, Norman, Structural Transformation of the Agricultural Sector: A Primer (March 1, 2016). World Bank Research and Policy Briefs No. 104231. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3249550

Raian Divanbeigi (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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Nina Paustian

World Bank

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Norman Loayza

World Bank - Research Department ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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