Agriculture, Poverty and Reform in Iran (RLE Iran D)

By Mohammad Javad Amad

© 2011 – Routledge

188 pages

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Hardback: 9780415614382
pub: 2011-02-28
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About the Book

As in many developing countries, the prospects for land reform in Iran seemed promising. It was expected to improve rural poverty and stimulate agricultural development by replacing the traditional landlord-peasant system with more peasant-biased, modern farming. This book assesses the economic consequences of land reform, focusing particularly on its effect on the living standards of the rural poor. Amid describes a ‘biomodal’ system of large and small farms that emerged after the reform. Large farms, with government support, modernized and grew more profitable cash crops, whereas small farms found difficulty in obtaining credit and continued to rely on traditional techniques and staple food crops. Land reform was not, the author argues a success for the majority of the Iranian rural population who experienced virtually no improvement in living standards and a growth of rural inequality as a result.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2 Agricultural backwardness in theory. 3 Pre-reform Iranian village. 4 Theoretical analysis of land reform. 5 An analysis of the Iranian land reform programme. 6 The agrarian system after the land reform. 7 Economic consequences of the land reform. 8 Rural poverty and inequality after the reform.

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Routledge Library Editions: Iran

Routledge Library Editions: Iran re-issues 37 volumes originally published between 1902 and 1991. Together they provide a comprehensive view of the culture, history, politics and sociology of this strategically important nation.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies