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Agriculture Renaissance: Making "Agriculture for Development" Work in the 21st Century


  • Pingali, Prabhu


Agriculture renaissance means the renewed understanding and recommitment to the fundamental role of agriculture in the development process. Operationally it implies different approaches at the country level based on the stage of development. For the least developed countries of the world, it could mean re-engaging agriculture's potential as a driver of overall economic development. While for the emerging economies, it could be small holder inclusion in agricultural commercialization and/or reducing rural-urban income gaps. Food sectors in developing countries are witnessing profound changes driven by: rapid income growth; urbanization; global inter-connectedness; technology access; and climate change. Country typologies, by stage of agricultural transformation, are used to discuss the implications of the changes and the public policy options for the way forward.

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  • Pingali, Prabhu, 2010. "Agriculture Renaissance: Making "Agriculture for Development" Work in the 21st Century," Handbook of Agricultural Economics, Elsevier.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hagchp:6-74

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    Cited by:

    1. Moon, Wanki, 2011. "Is agriculture compatible with free trade?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 71(C), pages 13-24.
    2. Moon, Wanki, 2017. "Developing an Institutional Political Economy Framework Integrating Firms, Markets, and States," 2017 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2017, Mobile, Alabama 252532, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    3. UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, "undated". "Agriculture, Rural Poverty and Income Inequality in sub-Saharan Africa," UNDP Africa Policy Notes 2017-05, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa.

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    Agriculture; development; commercialization; structural transformation; renaissance; change; drivers;

    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture
    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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