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Agricultural and rural transformations in Asian development

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Over the past sixty years, most Asian countries have undergone relatively rapid agricultural transformations that helped jumpstart broader economic development. However, the changes have differed markedly in nature and speed across countries of the region. In much of East and Southeast Asia, the Green Revolution brought a quantum leap in yields of staple crops. Agricultural productivity growth facilitated labour exit and savings transfers, which helped jumpstart industrial growth and urbanization, which in turn induced deeper agrarian change and food system transformations.

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  • Rob Vos, 2018. "Agricultural and rural transformations in Asian development," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2018-87, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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