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Title Public expenditures for agricultural and rural development in Africa / edited by Tewodaj Mogues and Samuel Benin
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, N.Y. : Routledge, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 282 pages) : illustrations
Series Routledge studies in development economics ; 94
Routledge studies in development economics ; 94
Contents 1. Introduction / Tewodaj Mogues and Samuel Benin -- 2. Public spending for agriculture in Africa : definition, measures, and trends / Shenggen Fan and Anuja Saurkar -- 3. Agricultural growth and poverty reduction impacts of public investments : concepts and techniques for undertaking assessments / Samuel Benin, Tewodaj Mogues, and Shenggen Fan -- 4. Agricultural public spending in Nigeria / Tewodaj Mogues [and others] -- 5. Public expenditures and agricultural productivity growth in Ghana / Samuel Benin [and others] -- 6. Public investment and poverty reduction in Tanzania : evidence from household survey data / Shenggen Fan, David Nyange, and Neetha Rao -- 7. Public expenditure, growth, and poverty reduction in rural Uganda / Shenggen Fan and Xiaobo Zhang -- 8. The bang for the birr : public spending and rural welfare in Ethiopia / Tewodaj Mogues -- 9. Investing in African agriculture to halve poverty by 2015 / Shenggen Fan [and others] -- 10. Agricultural and rural public spending in Africa : conclusions and implications / Samuel Benin and Tewodaj Mogues
Summary "The Minister of Finance of an African country needs to reallocate the country's public investment to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving the proportion of the poor and hungry by 2015: Should the minister increase investment in health and education, with the view that a future productive labour force can lift itself out of poverty? Or shift a greater share of the public budget to support agricultural productivity directly, as the vast majority of the poor relies on agriculture as their main livelihood? Or yet, should the minister focus more on building roads in rural areas where most of the poor live, to enable both people and goods to move more cheaply and thus boost the functioning of markets? These questions highlight some of the challenges that many African countries (and indeed much of the developing world) face in supporting agricultural and rural growth and reducing poverty. The book brings together recent analysis on the trends in, and returns to, public spending for agricultural growth and rural development in Africa. Case studies of selected African countries provide insights into the contributions of different types of public expenditures for poverty, growth and welfare outcomes, as well as insights into the constraints in gaining development mileage from investments in the agricultural sector. This work will be of interest primarily to analysts, researchers and students interested in agricultural and rural development and poverty in Africa and other developing regions, as well as to African policymakers, donor agencies, and civil society organisations concerned with these issues"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-275) and index
Subject Agricultural development projects -- Africa -- Case studies
Economic assistance, Domestic -- Africa -- Case studies
Government spending policy -- Africa -- Case studies
Rural development -- Africa -- Case studies
Agricultural development projects.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Development -- Economic Development.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Public Finance.
Economic assistance, Domestic.
Expenditures, Public.
Government spending policy.
Rural development.
Africa -- Appropriations and expenditures -- Case studies
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Benin, S. (Samuel)
Tewodaj Mogues.
ISBN 0203124529