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Namibian Agriculture: Policies and Prospects

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  • Walter Elkan
  • Peter Amutenya
  • Jochbeth Andima
  • Robin Sherbourne
  • Eline van der Linden
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    The study examines agricultural development in Namibia in the context of the economic environment, with a view to providing policy perspectives which may assist in the process of reform towards a more equitable and dynamic economy. It shows that the improvement of smallholder incomes provides the only means of improving the position of the majority of poor Namibians, and examines how best to raise agricultural output without endangering the large-scale farmers who are vital to the economy. The significance for agricultural development of the customs and monetary agreements between Namibia and South Africa, and other external policies, is examined. The reform of pricing and marketing structures in Namibia is constrained by these external arrangements, but they also provide some benefits. The assessment of these and other issues provides the basis for an analysis of the reform options facing Namibian agriculture and the links between agricultural and economywide policies ... L’étude considère le développement agricole en Namibie dans le cadre de l’environnement économique et envisage des politiques susceptibles d’aider au processus de réforme et de mener à une économie plus équitable et plus dynamique. Elle montre que l’augmentation du revenu des petits exploitants constitue le seul moyen d’améliorer la situation de la majorité des pauvres namibiens et passe en revue les meilleures possibilités permettant d’accroître le rendement agricole sans nuire aux grands propriétaires exploitants dont le rôle est vital dans l’économie. L’importance, pour le développement agricole, des accords douaniers et monétaires signés entre la Namibie et l’Afrique du sud ainsi que d’autres mesures externes, est analysée. La réforme structurelle des prix et du marché est freinée par ces externalités qui ont par ailleurs certains avantages. L’évaluation de l’ensemble de ces questions fournit les fondements pour une analyse des réformes envisageables en Namibie et met en relief ...

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Development Centre Working Papers with number 73.

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    Handle: RePEc:oec:devaaa:73-en

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