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On the trade off between food and non food agricultural production in the developing countries and aspects of food sufficiency policy (Inglês)

Recent analyses of agricultural performance in the developing countries question the appropriateness of nonfood (for export) crop promotion as a development strategy by arguing that such a strategy leads to the problem of food deficiency. The evidence in this paper using cross-section data for Sub-Saharan Africa does not support this proposition. The evidence suggests a tendency for nonfood production growth to be accompanied by food output growth across country groups. Also it is found that labour force growth has the most weight on food production growth, and the coefficients of labour and capital are higher in the middle income than in the low income countries. Nonfood agricultural output expansion and improvements in food output growth are not inconsistent development objectives.




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