Publications

Faculty and staff with the Emerging Markets Program publish on a range of issues affecting the agriculture sector, particularly related to encouraging small and medium enterprises in the agri food sector of developing and emerging economies. Recent titles include:

 

 

 

Asian Agribusiness Management: Case Studies in Growth, Marketing, and Upgrading Strategies

Editors: Ralph D. Christy, Joselito C. Bernardo, Aimée Hampel-Milagrosa, Lin Fu

This book of case studies on selected agribusinesses in Asian countries is designed to provide useful information for instructional purposes and for those interested in Asian agribusinesses in general. Through a case study-driven approach, this volume offers an opportunity for students, policymakers, and business owners to consider the impact of key trends like urbanization, regional integration, climate change, and technology on Asian agribusinesses. Read more.

From Principles to Best Practices: A Guide to Managing African Agribusinesses

Editors: Ralph D. Christy, Mohammad Karaan, Edward Mabaya, Krisztina Z. Tihanyi

This book is built on fifteen years of experience in capacity building for African small and medium agro-enterprises through the “Making Markets Matter” training program. The authors recognize that the African business environment for SMEs presents unique challenges and opportunities that may not respond well to “standard” business management tools. To address this issue, this book captures local political, economic, social, and cultural realities that influence how agribusiness SMEs operate in Africa. Focusing on a host of management topics ranging from marketing to business strategy, from human resource management to family business, the book provides rich detail, gleaned from extensive interactions with African SMEs on the ground. Read more.

Innovative Institutions, Public Policies, and Private Strategies for Agro-Enterprise Development

Editors: Ralph D. Christy, Carlos A. de Silva, Nomathemba Mhlanga, Edward Mabaya, Krisztina Z. Tihanyi

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) in collaboration with the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), organized an international symposium on the topic “Innovative Institutions, Public Policies, and Private Strategies for Inclusive Agro-Enterprise Development.” This book contains the major papers presented at the symposium, which feature a wide range of country and regional experiences and examine the influence of markets and technology transfer to agro-enterprises on food security, poverty, and economic growth. The contributions also identify alternative market access strategies for sustainable economic development. Read more.

Case Studies of South Africa’s Emerging Farmers and Agribusinesses

Editors: Edward Mabaya, Krisztina Z. Tihanyi, Mohammad Karaan, Johan Van Rooyen

“Emerging” (or “black”) farmers are often considered a homogeneous group. While individual emerging farmers and agribusinesses in South Africa share a common history, the case studies in this book show that in fact significant differences exist among them that are often hidden beneath the averaging and aggregation typical of most analytical research. Presenting fifteen case studies of emerging agribusinesses in South Africa, this book has three main objectives: (1) to capture the human stories behind the emerging farms and agribusinesses in South Africa; (2) to highlight the best practices, opportunities, and challenges facing South Africa’s emerging farmers and agribusinesses; and (3) to create a new set of instructional materials for academics and development practitioners. Read more.

Achieving Sustainable Communities in a Global Economy: Alternative Private Strategies and Public Policies

Editor: Ralph Christy

This important book explores alternative strategies in agricultural and rural development to address the impacts of globalization processes on smallholder agriculturalists and marginalized rural people. Its goal is twofold: (1) to identify and assess the key processes by which globalization is affecting the smallholder agricultural and rural sectors; and (2) to identify and propose both micro- and macro-level policies and other strategies to deal with the problems that arise. Read more.

A Century of Service: Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, 1890-1990

Editors: Ralph Christy, Lionel Williamson

In 1890 congressional legislation opened a new chapter in the history of higher education by allocating public support for black Land-Grant colleges and universities.These institutions were established to provide training to blacks in the fields of agriculture, home economics, the mechanical arts, and other useful professions. For a century, these schools have assumed and continue to maintain a unique and important role in affording educational opportunities for thousands of students to whom no other doors would have been opened. A Century of Service is both a history and a celebration of these Land-Grant schools. The work also provides a presentation of views on how their original mission can best be adapted to the challenges of the future. Read more.

Financial Inclusion, Innovation, And Investments: Biotechnology And Capital Markets Working For The Poor

Editors: Ralph Christy, Vicki Bogan

This book is a state-of-the-art discussion of what has succeeded (and failed) in the design and implementation of projects and institutions to assist the poor in developing country economies. In Africa especially, far too many people are still living under conditions of extreme poverty. The goal of the book is twofold: (1) to identify and assess the key processes through which markets affect the livelihoods of the rural poor; and (2) to propose micro- and macro-level policies and innovations to address the problems of inclusion that arise. Featuring contributions from leading scholars and professionals in the field, this volume is timely to all those involved in designing innovative institutions that transfer capital and technologies to low-income countries facing the challenges of poverty alleviation and economic development. Read more.

 

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