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Using district-level data for 1992, 1995, and 1999, the study estimated effects ofdifferent types of government expenditure on agricultural growth and rural poverty inUganda. The results reveal that government spending on agricultural research andextension improved agricultural production substantially. This type of expenditure hadthe largest measured returns to growth in agricultural production. Agricultural researchand extension spending also has the largest assessed impact on poverty reduction.Government spending on rural roads also had substantial marginal impact on ruralpoverty reduction. The impact of low-grade roads such as feeder roads is larger than thatof high-grade roads such as murram and tarmac roads. Education's effects rank afteragricultural research and extension, and roads. Government spending in health did notshow a large impact on growth in agricultural productivity or a reduction in rural poverty,but in part because of difficulties in measuring some of the impacts of this type ofinvestment. Additional investments in the northern region (a poor region) contribute themost to reducing poverty. The poverty-reduction effect of spending on infrastructure andeducation is particularly high in this region. However, it is the western region (arelatively well-developed region) where most types of investment have highest returns interms of increased agricultural productivity.

Keywords: agricultural growth ; monitoring development outcomes

Subject(s): Food Security and Poverty

International Development

Issue Date: 2004

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/60317

Total Pages: 72

Series Statement: DSGD Discussion Paper

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Record appears in: CGIAR > International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) > DSGD Discussion Papers





Author: Fan, Shenggen ; Zhang, Xiaobo ; Rao, Neetha

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/60317?ln=en







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