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To foster agrirultural development. a nmnber of strategies are available. A well-known, long-runstrategy is productivity-increasing research. Another familiar, shon-run strategy is input and output price policy.This paper argues that effectiveness of price and research policies can only be obtained if they are definedinteractively, with one complementing the other. This is illustrated by showing how cassava, a traditional crop inLatin America, has evolved with respea. to research and price policy over the last few decades. Three maindimensions are distinguished. The first is appropriate timing of research and price policies in relation to changingstructural features of the economy. The second is price policy to support diffusion of research-based technology.The third is definition of research policy in relation to the socioeconomic envirorunent in order to maximize theimpact of price policies. The historical development of Latin American agrirulture and cassava's position within itover the last 10 years is used to illustrate these points. A major problem in obtaining more consistent anddevelopment-focused research and price policy is that the locus of decision making for these two policies is often incompletely different institutions.

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Issue Date: 1989

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/197673 Page range: 102-108

Total Pages: 7

Record appears in: International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) > 1989 Occasional Paper Series No. 5





Author: Lynam, John K. ; Janssen, Willem ; Sanint, Luis R.

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/197673?ln=en



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