chapter  I
I The Nature of the Inverse Relationship and its Apparent Policy Implications
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The empirical evidence for the existence of an inverse relationship between farm size and farm productivity' is both historically and geographically widespread, ranging from pre-revolutionary Russia and China to contemporary poor countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Indeed, the inverse relationship is widely regarded as a 'stylised fact' of traditional agriculture [Bardhan, 1973: 1370], a generalised phenomenon observed in many developing countries characterised by widely different agro-climatic conditions, agrarian structures and cropping patterns [Cornia, 1985: 514-15; Ghose, 1979: 27).2