Franchising the state: farmers, agricultural technicians and the marketization of agricultural services

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Politics and Markets in Rural China, 2011, 1, pp. 69 - 86
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Ln contrast to many developing countries, hina has enjoyed rapid improvements in the total factor produclivity f its agricu ltural sector, with 2 percent an nllal growth for staple commodities over the period J 995 to 2005 and between 3 and 5 percent for most horticul ture and livest()ck commodities Jin e~ al. 20 I 0: 191). Much of this increase has been attributed to succe.sful state-led agricultural research, but the contribution of agTicu ltural exLen ion to rise in productivilY has been que.lioned with one paper demonslrating lbat greater extension etTort by the local srate actually resul ted in lower agricu ltural productivity (Nyberg and Rozelle L999' .Tin et al. 2002; H.u Sun and Dong 2004' R zelle. Huang and Otsuka 2005), Thi chapter explores the apparent "marketizatioo" of agricultural serv ice provision in central hina, drawing on surveys of farmcr ' and agricul tural "Ie hnicians; intel iews wit!) fficials entrepreneurs, and rcsea rchers' and a ca e tudy of the Anhui-based agribusines , Huishang Nongjiafu,
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