Bypassing Poor Farmers: Market-Based Approaches to Agriculture in Rural Pakistan

Syed Mohammad Ali


This paper focuses on continuing World Bank attempts to ‘modernise’ Pakistani agriculture by promoting market-based strategies such as the computerisation of land records and promoting corporate farming as the means to overcome rural poverty. Dismissing rhetorical pro-poor aspirations deployed to justify these interventions, this paper instead points to complementarities between the attempts to computerise land records and to facilitate corporate farming. Moreover, an attempt is made to highlight experiences emerging from the actual implementation of these interventions, and their resulting implications for poor farmers, within the specific political economy of Pakistan. 

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