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Research on Agricultural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Survey


  • Eicher, Carl K.
  • Baker, Doyle Curtis


This survey focuses on the rural economy which is broadly defined to include the agricultural sector plus rural nonfarm activities such as small-scale industry, trade, processing, and fishing. It reviews research on migration, employment, and income distribution in order to understand linkages between the agricultural and nonagricultural sectors.

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  • Eicher, Carl K. & Baker, Doyle Curtis, 1982. "Research on Agricultural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Survey," Food Security International Development Papers 54071, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:mididp:54071

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    food security; food policy; agricultural development; International Development; Downloads December 2008-June 2009: 5; Q18;

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    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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