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Patterns of rural mechanisation, energy and employment in South Asia: reopening the debate

Biggs, Stephen, Justice, Scott and Lewis, David (2011) Patterns of rural mechanisation, energy and employment in South Asia: reopening the debate. Economic and Political Weekly, XLVI (9). pp. 78-82. ISSN 0012-9976

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Abstract

During the 1970s, major policy debates on the role of mechanisation in agricultural and rural development in south Asia took place; by the early 1990s, such debates had largely faded. Yet today, countries such as Bangladesh possess some of the most productive, mechanised and labour-intensive agricultural industries in south Asia. This paper reopens these debates in the light of: (1) the highly diverse patterns of rural mechanisation that have taken place in Bangladesh, India and Nepal since the 1980s; (2) current renewed interest in rural employment and rural economic growth; and (3) changes in global trade patterns.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2011 Economic & Political Weekly
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
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Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2011 15:20
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33246/

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