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Regional cities, agricultural productivity, and employment generation : The challenges of urban transition and rural development

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  • Regional cities, agricultural productivity, and employment generation
  • Rondinelli, Dennis A.; Clark University(International Development Program); Institute for Development Anthropology, Inc.
  • United States Agency for International Development


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Title Regional cities, agricultural productivity, and employment generation
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Sub Title

The challenges of urban transition and rural development

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Rondinelli, Dennis A.; Clark University(International Development Program); Institute for Development Anthropology, Inc.

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[Washington, D.C.]:United States Agency for International Development

Date 1984
Series Title; No Other USAID Supported Study, Document
Pages 160
Subject Country Kenya(Africa)
Mexico(Americas)
Panama(Americas)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Agriculture
Territorial Development < National Land Development
Holding United States Agency for International Development

Abstract

The relationships among regional city growth, agricultural productivity, and employment generation in developing countries are examined in this study. After discussing the problems arising from the rapid urbanization and agricultural stagnation in many developing countries and identifying the inextricable linkage between urban and rural development, the report focuses on the many potential roles of regional cities - market towns, small cities, and secondary urban centers - in supporting agricultural development and providing off-farm employment. These roles include, inter alia, acting as agricultural supply and marketing, agro-processing, agribusiness, transportation, and communications centers; providing employment for urban and rural residents; extending national, regional, or provincial government services; and creating demand for agricultural and cottage industry goods from surrounding rural areas. Through case studies, regional city development programs conducted by the governments of Kenya, Mexico, Panama, and South Korea are evaluated. A final section presents recommendations for A.I.D. policies and programs to strengthen the role of the regional city in rural development. The text includes 15 figures, 1 table, and reference footnotes; lists of related working papers are appended.