The impact of structural adjustment on smallholders
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FAO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PAPER 103
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Part one : Smallholders and their characteristics
Chapter 1 : What is a smallholder?
The difficulties of a statistical definition
Common features of smallholders
Chapter 2 : The role of smallholders in economic development
They are a huge reservoir of labour
They constitute almost the sole source of domestic food production
They are often export crop producers and a source of foreign exchange
They constitute a potential market for non-food goods
Their disappearance should be among the targets of economic development
Part two : Structural adjustment and smallholders
Chapter 3 : Structural adjustment programmes and policies
What are structural adjustment policies supposed to do?
The role of the public sector in agriculture
Chapter 4 : Public intervention in agriculture under structural adjustment programmes
Two cases for intervention in marketable facilities
The necessity of intervention in non-marketable facilities
New perspectives of institutional innovations
Chapter 5 : Macro-economic policies and agriculture
Difficulties with other short-term effects of structural adjustment programmes
Chapter 6 : Conclusions and directions for research
Approaches available for assessing the impact of structural adjustment on smallholders
Outline of possible case studies