Small Farmers, Big Business

Contract Farming and Rural Development

  • David Glover
  • Ken Kusterer

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David Glover, Ken Kusterer
    Pages 1-20
  3. David Glover, Ken Kusterer
    Pages 45-72
  4. David Glover, Ken Kusterer
    Pages 73-93
  5. David Glover, Ken Kusterer
    Pages 95-112
  6. David Glover, Ken Kusterer
    Pages 113-126
  7. David Glover, Ken Kusterer
    Pages 127-154
  8. David Glover, Ken Kusterer
    Pages 155-163
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 165-170

About this book


This book deals with an agricultural production and marketing system known as contract farming (CF). In this system, a public or private agency purchases the crops of independent farmers through contracts, often providing inputs, technical assistance and marketing. CF has a long history in developed countries and has spread to the Third World. The book uses case studies from North America, Latin America and Africa to assess the experience to date and provide guidelines for the use of CF in the future.


agriculture business development economy marketing political economy production Public Sector

Authors and affiliations

  • David Glover
    • 1
  • Ken Kusterer
    • 2
  1. 1.International Development Research CentreOttawaCanada
  2. 2.The American UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1990
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Economics & Finance Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-11535-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-11533-4
  • About this book