South African Agriculture at the Crossroads: An Empirical Analysis of Efficiency, Technology and Productivity

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Colin G. Thirtle, Johan Van Zyl, Nick Vink
Macmillan, 2000 - Agricultural productivity - 330 pages
This book examines the state of South African agriculture at the end of the 20th century and makes attempts at reform in context by looking at the past. It begins by explaining the historical process, which led to a dualistic agricultural sector, and the policy process, bought in after the reforms, that attempts to resolve the inequalities and distortions. The policy discussion draws on the main part of the book, which is an empirical investigation of the measurement and explanation of efficiency and productivity change, which depend on technologies developed by R&D.

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COLIN THIRTLE has been Reader in Agricultural Economics at the University of Reading since 1992 and Extraordinary Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria from 1997. He has published several books including The Role of Supply and Demand in the Generation and Diffusion of Technical Change (with Vernon Ruttan), Productivity, Efficiency and Land Markets in South African Agriculture (with Johan van Zyl) and over fifty journal articles on agricultural R&D and productivity.

JOHAN VAN ZYL is Rector and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.

NICK VINK has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Stellenbosch since 1996. He was also appointed Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Pretoria (1991-1995). He has published more than 60 journal articles, including some 15 international journals.

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