Rapid structural transformation and urbanization are transforming agriculture and food production in rural areas across the world. This textbook provides a comprehensive review and assessment of the multi-faceted nature of  agriculture and rural development, particularly in the developing world, where the greatest challenges occur.

It is designed around five thematic parts: Agricultural Intensification and Technical Change; Political Economy of Agricultural Policies; Community and Rural Institutions; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health; and Future Relevance of International Institutions. Each chapter presents a detailed but accessible review of the literature on the specific topic and discusses the frontiers in research and institutional changes needed as societies adapt to the transformation processes. All authors are eminent scholars with international reputations, who have been actively engaged in the contemporary debates around agricultural development and rural transformation.

chapter 1|8 pages


ByPrabhu Pingali, Gershon Feder

part 1|94 pages

Agricultural intensification and technical change

chapter 2|15 pages

Modern agricultural technology adoption in sub-Saharan Africa

A four-country analysis
ByGershon Feder, Sara Savastano

chapter 3|30 pages

Revisiting the farm size–productivity relationship

New evidence from sub-Saharan African countries
ByPasquale Lucio Scandizzo, Sara Savastano

chapter 4|26 pages

From land grabs to land development

The past and potential of private investment in frontier agriculture
ByDerek Byerlee, William A. Masters, Daniel S. Robinson

chapter 5|21 pages

Staples production

Efficient “subsistence” smallholders are key to poverty reduction, development, and trade*
ByMichael Lipton

part 2|106 pages

Political economy of agricultural policies

chapter 6|25 pages

Transforming African economies and the evolving structure of African agriculture

ByJohann Kirsten, Frikkie Liebenberg

chapter 7|31 pages

Origins and some empirical tests of theories of agricultural evolution

ByJohn Murray McIntire

chapter 8|20 pages

Toward more evidence-based decision-making in the land sector

Can it help to close implementation gaps?
ByKlaus Deininger

chapter 9|12 pages

Food price changes, domestic price insulation, and poverty (when all policymakers want to be above average)

ByKym Anderson, William J. Martin, Maros Ivanic

part 3|62 pages

Community and rural institutions

chapter 11|16 pages

Beyond hype

Another look at index-based agricultural insurance
ByPeter Hazell, Ulrich Hess

chapter 12|24 pages

Beyond water markets

Second-best water allocation policy?
ByMark W. Rosegrant, Man Li, Wenchao Xu

chapter 13|20 pages

Reflections on community-driven development

ByJacomina de Regt

part 4|51 pages

Agriculture, nutrition, and health

chapter 14|19 pages

Agricultural change and health and nutrition in emerging economies

ByJoachim von Braun

chapter 15|30 pages

Understanding the multidimensional nature of the malnutrition problem in India

ByPrabhu Pingali, Tanvi Rao

part 5|47 pages

Future relevance of international institutions

chapter 16|28 pages

Structural transformation and the transition from concessional assistance to commercial flows

The past and possible future contributions of the World Bank 1
ByUma Lele, Sambuddha Goswami, Gianluigi Nico

chapter 17|17 pages

The relevance of the CGIAR in a modernizing world

Or has it been reformed ad infinitum into dysfunctionality?
ByAlex F. McCalla