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Institutional economics perspectives on African agricultural development

Author: Johann Kirsten
Publisher: Washington, D.C : International Food Policy Research Institute, ©2009.
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Professionals in economics and agricultural economics have been paying increasing attention to institutional issues and have developed strong concepts and analytical tools to do so. The core message of this book is that this new focus is particularly relevant to the problems of agricultural development in Africa. As a result, there is a need to consolidate the lessons learned into a textbook to illustrate the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Johann Kirsten
ISBN: 9780896297814 0896297810
OCLC Number: 318970539
Description: xxii, 477 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Institutions and the agricultural development challenge in Africa --
Introduction to the economics of institutions --
A framework for analyzing institutions --
Exchange in goods and services --
Exchange, contracts, and property-rights enforcement --
Coordination for market development --
The role of trust in contract enforcement : an analysis of smallholder farmers and sugar millers in Swaziland --
An institutional economic appraisal of worker equity schemes in agriculture --
From statutory to private contracts : emerging institutional arrangements in the smallholder tea sector in Malawi --
Institutional changes and transaction costs : exchange arrangements in Tanzania's coffee market --
A transaction-cost approach to enterprise modeling and coordination between small growers and a large firm : the case of mussel mariculture in South Africa --
An analysis of animal healthcare service delivery in Kenya --
Networks and informal mutual support in 15 Ethiopian villages --
Natural resource management --
Understanding property rights in land and natural resource management --
Coordination in natural resource management --
What happens during the creation of private property? : subdividing group ranches in Kenya's Maasailand --
Institutional change to promote a rental market for cropland in the communal areas of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa --
Collective action in the maangement of canal irrigation systems : the Doho Rice Scheme in Uganda --
Gender, resource rights, and wetland rice productivity in Burkina Faso --
An institutional perspective on the state : its role and challenges --
Agricultural research --
A new institutional economic analysis of the state and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Responsibility: edited by Johann F. Kirsten [and others].

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Professionals in economics and agricultural economics have been paying increasing attention to institutional issues and have developed strong concepts and analytical tools to do so. The core message of this book is that this new focus is particularly relevant to the problems of agricultural development in Africa. As a result, there is a need to consolidate the lessons learned into a textbook to illustrate the relevance and application of these concepts and tools. The core purpose of the book is, therefore, to provide an accessible text on the economics of institutions relevant to agricultural development in the African context. However, the book cannot be regarded as exhaustive: it should be used by the discerning student as a text to be supplemented by the reading lists and the large volume of literature cited throughout the volume.

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