Agricultural 'Crisis' in Pakistan: Some Explanations and Policy Options
AbstractThis paper is about public policy and agricultural growth in Pakistan. The author takes the position that, in a historical perspective, public policy has been a large part of the erratic, maybe unsustainable, growth of agriculture in Pakistan. The most important policy issue, therefore, is to radically restructure the existing bureaucratic, patronage-ridden, rent-seeking, and wasteful system of institutions and services. Governments have been far too active in some areas and far too inactive in others, affecting perversely farm productivity and farmers' economic well-being. The flaws in public policy reflect two important aspects of governments: (i) their inability—reflecting both inadequate will and administrative capacity—to implement what needs to be done and (ii) their wrong diagnosis of, hence prescription for, the problems.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its journal The Pakistan Development Review.
Volume (Year): 36 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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