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Institutions and Agrarian Development

A New Approach to West Africa

  • Erwin Bulte
  • Paul Richards
  • Maarten Voors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 1-10
  3. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 11-37
  4. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 39-58
  5. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 59-84
  6. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 85-112
  7. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 113-134
  8. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 135-154
  9. Erwin Bulte, Paul Richards, Maarten Voors
    Pages 155-159
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 161-178

About this book

Introduction

This book argues that development strategies have thus far failed in Western Africa because the many challenges afflicting the area have yet to be explored and understood from the perspective of institutional resources. With a particular focus on three countries on the bend of the Upper West African coast – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – this book offers a theory to account for the nature of these institutional elements, to test deductions against evidence, and finally to propose a reset for rural development policy to make fuller use of local institutional resources. Based on quantitative analysis and eight years of multidisciplinary field research, this volume features several large-scale RCTs in the domain of rural development, local governance, and nature conservation. The authors address one of the biggest topics in agricultural and development economics today: the structural transformation of poor, agrarian economies, and they do so through the important and unique lens of institutions.

Keywords

African underdevelopment agricultural production development in West Africa Guinea Liberia Sierra Leone food production poverty foreign direct investment farming institutional arrangements

Authors and affiliations

  • Erwin Bulte
    • 1
  • Paul Richards
    • 2
  • Maarten Voors
    • 3
  1. 1.Development Economics GroupWageningen University and ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Directorate of Research and PlanningNjala UniversityMokondeSierra Leone
  3. 3.Development Economics GroupWageningen University and ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98500-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98499-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98500-8
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