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By Roger D. Norton

Ready lower than the aegis of the nutrients and Agriculture association of the United international locations (FAO), this article offers a clean and finished examine agricultural improvement coverage. It offers a transparent, systematic assessment of significant sessions of coverage concerns in constructing nations and discusses the rising foreign consensus on potential ways to the problems.

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2 Therefore, a policy of discouraging agriculture prematurely and promoting primarily the growth of urban sectors can entail irreversible effects on the economy and society, and it can be costly as well. In light of these considerations, it is important for national economic policy to consider carefully the role of agriculture in the nation’s development prospects and to design appropriate policies. This is not to argue that agriculture should be subsidized at the expense of other sectors’ growth prospects, but an appropriate balance should be sought, consistent with an accurate assessment of agriculture’s growth prospects.

Real prices are almost always beyond the control of farmers themselves but can be influenced by policies. Production is a function of the land area cultivated (including that in pastures) and productivity, or unit yields. As limits on the availability of cultivated land are being reached, and sometimes exceeded, in many places in the world, production increases in the future will increasingly depend on technology to deliver improvements in productivity. 5 It should not be overlooked that the level of nutrition of a rural family can also depend on the degree of control over production exercised by women in the household.

Some observers may prefer to call these principles objectives, and the decision is partly a matter of individual taste. According to the circumstances of each country, it may be desired to add additional principles to the above list, in order to guide the formulation of strategies and policies for the sector. 4 THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT The consensus on the appropriate role of government in the agricultural economy has shifted over time toward less direct management of economic activities and fewer controls on prices and quantities of factors and outputs.

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