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Why The Green Revolution Was Short Run Phenomena In The Development Process Of Pakistan: A Lesson For Future


  • Ahmad, Imtiaz
  • Shah, Syed Akhter Hussain
  • Zahid, Muhammad Sarwar


Agriculture is the most important sector of Pakistan’s economy. It provides food and fibre, source of scarce foreign exchange earning and a market for industrial goods. In 1960s various policy measures were taken for Agriculture development. The research tries to examine various issues related to this sector. Focus of the research, however, is to analyze the role of Green Revolution in the development process of Pakistan and its short and long term impact on the economy. The paper analyzes weaknesses due to which the Green Revolution remained a shortterm phenomena. The contributing factors of Green Revolution and other supporting institutions are also discussed. The findings of this study show that the Green Revolution increased agriculture production and employment level. It also had impact on distribution of income and the social and political environment in the country. However, there were certain policy gaps due to which the impact of Green Revolution remained a short-term phenomena.

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  • Ahmad, Imtiaz & Shah, Syed Akhter Hussain & Zahid, Muhammad Sarwar, 2004. "Why The Green Revolution Was Short Run Phenomena In The Development Process Of Pakistan: A Lesson For Future," MPRA Paper 9520, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:9520

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    1. Peter Timmer, C., 1988. "The agricultural transformation," Handbook of Development Economics,in: Hollis Chenery & T.N. Srinivasan (ed.), Handbook of Development Economics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 8, pages 275-331 Elsevier.
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    1. Ali S. Pracha & Timothy A. Volk, 2011. "An Edible Energy Return on Investment (EEROI) Analysis of Wheat and Rice in Pakistan," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(12), pages 1-34, December.
    2. Syed Akther Hussain Shah & Tariq Shah & Mahmood Khalid, 2015. "Employment Strategy and Equitable Growth - A Social Capital Perspective for KPK," PIDE-Working Papers 2015:120, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.

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    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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