PLOW learning resource: History of agricultural policy.


This is one of a number of PLOW learning resources designed to support the professional development of DFID livelihoods advisers. Each learning resource comprises an overview of the subject in a briefing note; key texts; a summary of recent policy debates; points on where to find other resources; and a glossary of key terms used in the briefing note.This briefing note addresses the history of agricultural policies in rural development focusing particularly upon crop production and crop farming. It explores how views about agricultural support policies have changed over the last forty years from a preference towards supporting the sector is the 1960s and 1970s to a more market-orientated approach in the 1980s. In addition to the briefing note, two key texts on the history of agriculture in rural development are recommended, as well as a focus upon key future policy debates.

This resource was produced by the Programme of Advisory and Support Services (PASS) in partnership with Livelihoods Connect at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). PASS was a Resource Centre for Livelihoods Advisers that was funded by DFID and managed by HTSPE Limited. The Resource Centre closed in 2007.


Ellis, F.; Harvey, J.; Waites, T. PLOW learning resource: History of agricultural policy. Programme of Advisory and Support Services (PASS), Hemel Hempstead, UK (2005) 12 pp.

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