As a result of the regional debt crisis, most governments of Latin America in the 1980s entered into a process of profound policy change, from an import substitution oriented strategy to a focus upon export-promotion, with an emphasis upon market liberalisation. According to mainstream economic theory, the effect of this shift would be to favour agriculture. This book, with contributors from Latin America and Europe, surveys the results on agriculture of a decade of policy change, and to produce new and unexpected insights.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements - List of Contributors - List of Tables - List of Figures - Introduction; J.Weeks - Rural Development and Agrarian Issues in Contemporary Latin America; C.Kay - Disentangling the Performance of Latin American Agriculture, 1980-1992; R.Hopkins - Macroeconomic Adjustment and Latin American Agriculture since 1980; J.Weeks - The Environment and Structural Adjustment: Lessons for Policy Intervention in the 1990s; M.Redclift - Argentine Agriculture and Economic Reform in the 1990s; H.Maletta - Structural Adjustment and Agricultural Policies: The Brazilian Experience since the 1980s; A.M.Buainain & G.de Castro Rezende - Structural Adjustment and Agricultural Performance: The Chilean Case; C.P.Arancibia - Adjusting to Reality: The Impact of Structural Adjustment on Honduran Agriculture; A.Thorpe - The Impact of Structural Adjustment Policies on the Performance of Agriculture: The Case of Jamaica; R.H.Singh - Conclusions; J.Weeks - Bibliography - Index