Wednesday, July 22, 2009
PUBLICATION: Institutional Economics Perspectives on African Agricultural Development
IFPRI just published a new text book on Institutional Economics Perspectives on African Agricultural Development edited by Johann F. Kirsten, Andrew R. Dorward, Colin Poulton, and Nick Vink. This book is a resource for training materials, and can be downloaded in full or chapter by chapter.
Professionals in economics and agricultural economics have been paying increasing attention to institutional issues and have developed strong concepts and analytical tools to do so. The core message of this book is that this new focus is particularly relevant to the problems of agricultural development in Africa. As a result, there is a need to consolidate the lessons learned into a textbook to illustrate the relevance and application of these concepts and tools. The core purpose of the book is, therefore, to provide an accessible text on the economics of institutions relevant to agricultural development in the African context. However, the book cannot be regarded as exhaustive: it should be used by the discerning student as a text to be supplemented by the reading lists and the large volume of literature cited throughout the volume.
The book is divided into four parts. The first part provides a conceptual framework for looking at the problems of agricultural development in Africa from an institutional perspective, and the next three parts address the institutional aspects of problems of exchange, natural resource management, and the state, respectively. The analysis in each of the latter three parts is supplemented by case studies.