Lessons of Agricultural Transition

So what lessons can readers take away from the analysis of success and failure of transition policies in agriculture and the choice of reform policies? We believe there are at least three sets of lessons that are helpful to the reader in understanding the main points of the book: (a) the importance of choosing the right indicator for measuring performance; (b) although there are a number of idiosyncratic reasons for differences among nations, structural differences in technology, history, and ideology can explain a lot of the similarities and differences in how countries have chosen different reform strategies; and (c) although there is lots of flexibility in how to put together a successful set of reforms, the work also tells us how some combinations have been more successful than others.

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