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The Conditions of Agricultural Growth: The Economics of Agrarian Change Under Population Pressure

By: E Boserup

124 pages, no illustrations


Paperback | Dec 1993 | #26712 | ISBN: 185383159X
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Challenging the notion of development as the transformation of traditional communities by the introduction of new technologies, the author argues that changes occur from within agricultural communities, and that improvements are governed not only by outside interference but also by the communities themselves.

a classic in the literature of development... a source of insight and inspiration for further research.Dr Robert Chambers, Institute of Development Studies


The Dynamics of Land Utilization. The Interdependence of Land Use and Technical Change. Labour Productivity under Long-fallow and Short-fallow Systems. Carrying Capacity of Land and Productivity of Labour under Intensive Agriculture. Population Growth and Working Hours. The Co-existence of Cultivation Systems. Diminishing Returns to Labour and Technical Inertia. The Vicious Circle of Sparse Population and Primitive Techniques. Systems of Land Use as a Determinant of Land Tenure. Investment and Tenure in Tribal Communities. Rural Investment under Landlord Tenure. Incentives to Investment under Modern Tenure. The Use of Industrial Input in Primitive Agriculture. Some Perspectives and Implications.

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