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Title:An exposition of development failures in Mozambique
Author:Cunguara, BeneditoISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:agricultural policy
agricultural development
poverty reduction
Abstract:The underperformance of the agricultural sector is among the main reasons for persistent poverty and food insecurity in Mozambique. This calls for a change in development policies. This paper identifies development failures and discusses alternatives to overcome them. It first examines the failures that resulted in a decline in agricultural productivity between 1996 and 2008. This is followed by a discussion on disproportional aid for the agricultural sector, as well as the importance of ensuring timely availability of funds. Then the paper pays attention to the need for the use of accurate data in estimating the gross domestic product (GDP). Next, the paper elaborates on the effect of inadequate support for farmers' participation in the output market, and how it can foster the adoption of improved technologies. The impact of distrust between government officials is also covered. The paper cocludes with some policy remarks. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]