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16. Agricultural Policies and Performance in an African and Asian Poor Agrarian Society: Uganda and Cambodia Compared

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This chapter tracks the agricultural development paths of the country pair Cambodia and Uganda and assesses whether the differences between Southeast Asian and African countries also apply to these two late-developing countries, which at the end of the 1980s, after two decades of civil strife and terror, were still "poor agrarian economies". Basically, both countries adopted a market-led development model for the agricultural sector and the economy in general, a model which is in sharp contrast with the more directive agricultural policies implemented in both countries in the 1960s and 1970s and in the successful second-tier industrializing countries. It focuses on the agricultural policies and the political framework in which these agricultural policies were executed. The chapter compares agricultural production and productivity between Uganda and Cambodia, and identifies major similarities and divergences.

Keywords: agricultural policies; Cambodia; political framework; poor agrarian economies; Uganda



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