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AGR dissemination notes

August 1995 - July 1997

 

AGR Dissemination Notes are an output of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of the World Bank. The newsletter topics cover operations in rural areas, lessons learned, and problem resolving strategies while working toward developing sustainable production systems and rural poverty reduction.


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Sector investment programs can foster decentralization : emerging lessons from Zambia (English)

Over the past few years donors and governments have become increasingly interested in the potential of decentralization for improving the efficiency of public expenditures and the effectiveness of service delivery. ... See More +

Newsletter 22763 JUL 31, 1997

McLean, Keith; Okidegbe, Nwanze

Demand-driven rural investment funds : a new generation of social funds (English)

Demand-Driven Rural Investment Funds (DRIFs) are the latest generation of social funds that are yielding impressive results in several countries in South America. ... See More +

Newsletter 22762 JUN 30, 1997

Piriou-Sall, Suzanne; Barbosa, Tulio; Silverman, Andrea

Improving the impact of development assistance : sector investment programs (English)

The program-based approach to providing development assistance, especially sector investment programs (SIPs), has recently attracted attention in the development community, especially in Africa. ... See More +

Newsletter 22761 DEC 31, 1996

Okidegbe, Nwanze; Deininger, Klaus; Ayres, Wendy [editor]

The political economy of democratic decentralization (English)

Nearly all countries worldwide are now experimenting with decentralization. Their motivation are diverse. Many countries are decentralizing because they believe this can help stimulate economic growth or reduce rural poverty, goals central government interventions have failed to achieve. ... See More +

Newsletter 22758 OCT 31, 1996

Aiyar, Swaminathan; Piriou-Sall, Suzanne; McLean, Keith; Williams, Melissa

How rates and incentives can improve the working of demand-driven rural investment funds (English)

The demand-driven rural investment fund (DRIFs) is a new mechanism for decentralizing decision-making authority and financial resources to local governments and communities to use for investments of their choice. ... See More +

Newsletter 22759 OCT 31, 1996

Aiyar, Swaminathan S.; Piriou-Sall, Suzanne; Williams, Melissa

Has decentralization aided biodiversity conservation? (English)

The question of whether decentralization fosters rural development and whether it does so in ways that are environmentally and socially sustainable, was the topic of a World Bank research project, "Decentralization, Fiscal Systems, and Rural Development." ... See More +

Newsletter 22760 JUN 30, 1996

Painful lessons : lessons from 50 years of flawed agricultural policies (English)

The conventional wisdom concerning appropriate agricultural policies was based on serious misconceptions that led to faulty prescriptions. Developing countries have faced some painful lessons in the last few decades: Policies must not discriminate against agriculture, nor give it special privileges. ... See More +

Newsletter 22756 SEP 30, 1995

Market-assisted land reform : a new solution to old problems (English)

Historically, land reform has been implemented by government agencies expropriating land, with or without compensation, and then distributing it to the landless. ... See More +

Newsletter 22753 AUG 31, 1995

Aiyar, Swaminathan; Parker, Andrew; Van Zyl, Johan

Decentralization can work : experience from Colombia (English)

During the 1980s, Colombia embarked on an ambitious program to decentralize responsibilities for planning, financing, and delivering public goods and services. ... See More +

Newsletter 22752 AUG 31, 1995

Aiyar, Swaminathan; Parker, Andrew; Van Zyl, Johan

How well has decentralization worked for rural development? (English)

Many developing countries are experimenting with decentralizing power and responsibilities to local governments. These processes of decentralization have achieved some notable improvements in delivering services to rural communities. ... See More +

Newsletter 22751 AUG 31, 1995

Aiyar, Swaminathan; Parker, Andrew; Van Zyl, Johan

Market-assisted land reform : helping solve a debt crisis (English)

The abolition of subsidies and privileges tend to reduce the profitability of farming sharply. The impact is most severe on farmers who have borrowed large sums from banks, especially since real interest rates tend to be high during adjustment. ... See More +

Newsletter 22754 AUG 31, 1995

Aiyer, Swaminathan; Parker, Andrew; Van Zyl, Johan

The myth of large-farm superiority (English)

Large, mechanized farms are often viewed as more efficient than small ones. This myth has often included policymakers and technicians who favor large commercial farms depending on mechanization and hired labor, or large collectives or state farms rather than smaller family farms. ... See More +

Newsletter 22755 AUG 31, 1995

Aiyer, Swaminathan; Parker, Andrew; Van Zyl, Johan

Decentralization : a new strategy for rural development (English)

The widespread failure of integrated rural development to bring about a sustained improvement in the living standards of rural people has left unanswered the question of how best to ensure effective rural development programs. ... See More +

Newsletter 22735 AUG 31, 1995

Aiyar, Swaminathan; Parker, Andrew; Van Zyl, Johan

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
Sector investment programs can foster decentralization : emerging lessons from Zambia (English)
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JUL 31, 1997 22763 Newsletter
Demand-driven rural investment funds : a new generation of social funds (English)
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JUN 30, 1997 22762 Newsletter
Improving the impact of development assistance : sector investment programs (English)
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DEC 31, 1996 22761 Newsletter
The political economy of democratic decentralization (English)
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OCT 31, 1996 22758 Newsletter
How rates and incentives can improve the working of demand-driven rural investment funds (English)
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OCT 31, 1996 22759 Newsletter
Has decentralization aided biodiversity conservation? (English)
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JUN 30, 1996 22760 Newsletter
Painful lessons : lessons from 50 years of flawed agricultural policies (English)
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SEP 30, 1995 22756 Newsletter
Market-assisted land reform : a new solution to old problems (English)
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AUG 31, 1995 22753 Newsletter
Decentralization can work : experience from Colombia (English)
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AUG 31, 1995 22752 Newsletter
How well has decentralization worked for rural development? (English)
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AUG 31, 1995 22751 Newsletter
Market-assisted land reform : helping solve a debt crisis (English)
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AUG 31, 1995 22754 Newsletter
The myth of large-farm superiority (English)
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AUG 31, 1995 22755 Newsletter
Decentralization : a new strategy for rural development (English)
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AUG 31, 1995 22735 Newsletter