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A comparative learn which describes and analyses the contribution of agriculture to the economies of East Asia. formerly, little recognition has been paid to the rural zone which really underpins commercial and advertisement improvement. lately, this quarter has turn into the focal point of more and more sour financial disputes, in particular over safety and using import price lists.
A comparative framework is used, making use of case reviews from Japan, Taiwan and South Korea to spotlight either the typical features of agriculture's function in East Asian improvement, and contours specific to the political economic climate of agriculture in each one nation.

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Even in those developed countries able to maintain a comparative advantage in agricultural products and to specialise in agricultural exports (such as the United States, Australia or New Zealand) the proportion of the labour force employed in agriculture is still small. However, few of today’s developed countries have accomplished the transition to this apparently desirable state, in which only a small proportion of the nation’s resources is needed to meet basic food and raw material requirements, without the emergence of significant economic, social and political problems and conflicts.

This new study describes and analyses agriculture’s contribution to the ‘East Asian model’ of development and the reasons behind the dramatic rise in agricultural protection. The authors employ case studies from Japan, Taiwan and South Korea that cover the decades of rapid economic growth and industrialisation, as well as the more recent period of ‘agricultural adjustment’. A comparative framework is used to highlight both the common characteristics of agriculture’s role in the region’s development, and particular features of the political economy of agriculture in each country, against the background of rapid economic and political change.

In the excitement generated over the rapid industrialisation of these countries, however, little was heard of or from their farmers. This contrasted sharply with the situation in many other parts of the Third World, where the problems of agriculture, arising from slow growth, inappropriate technology and growing inequality, were often severe. Ironically, it was only as Japan and then Taiwan and Korea emerged as significant players in the world economy that their dwindling numbers of farmers began to make their presence felt.

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