INTRODUCTION The Present study: Nature and Rationale
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The inverse relationship between farm size and farm productivity is widely accepted as a 'stylised fact' of agriculture in developing countries, a generalised phenomenon observed in many countries characterised by widely differing agro-climatic conditions, agrarian structures and cropping patterns. This study uses primary fieldwork data to examine both the factors which give rise to such a relationship, and the impact of economic and technological change on the inverse relationship in the context of Egyptian agriculture.