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19 Since this statement does not refer to a specific country it is, again, an unsupported and, indeed, indefensible generalised assertion of the sort which, too often, flows from the pen of the general as opposed to the agricultural economist. There is wide variation between the agricultural characteristics of The Politics of Changing Development Objectives 37 developing countries and the description quoted no doubt describes some of these. But it is obviously quite inaccurate if meant to describe uni-modal, smallholder agricultures whose tenure systems vary (where there need be no sharecroppers), where land (whether owned, rented or just farmed) is certainly not concentrated in a few hands and where there are comparatively few landless labourers.
Farm income* distribution Gini coeffs. 49 * farm operating surplus ** farm household income SOURCE: J. L. Lijoodi and H. Ruthenberg, 'Income Distribution in Kenya's Agriculture', Zeitschrift fUr ausliindische Landtairtschaft, vol, 17 (1978) no. 2. 49. It should also be noted that the Gini values would in all cases be further reduced if farm and household incomes were expressed on a per caput basis. 6 values which are commonly held to apply to LDCs particularly in the bi-modal agricultures of Latin America and the Indian subcontinent.
P The 'growing' poverty relates to time series data from seven Asian countries which purport to show an increasing number of the rural population or households failing to reach a selected poverty income line. Some of these data need to be checked for comparability of the time series and, in the case of three countries, the validity of comparing two points only over time. Regarding food production, data are given on the small increase of agricultural output per head for four states in India only.
Agriculture, Poverty and Freedom in Developing Countries by Eric Clayton