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Increasing agricultural output, the most difficult problem of all," is to be readily solved by land reform - though experience does not The Politics a/Changing Development Objectives 31 support this; and, in any case, it is only relevant where bi-modal farm structures prevail. The redistribution with growth model is to be activated by government revenues which generate productive employment for the rural poor - apparently without limit. This mood of optimism, based on untested hypotheses and strategies, gives the impression, to the uninformed, that development is easy to achieve, that success is inevitable once the 'Left solutions' are introduced.

42 Agriculture, Poverty and Freedom In LDC agriculture, equality of opportunity relates to equality of access to farm inputs, technical and social services and product markets. There is a voluble demand for equal access to such things as improved seeds, fertiliser, credit and extension services. Unequal access, it is claimed, enables the better off and/or larger farmer to gain the lion's share of these inputs and services - particularly in bi-modal farm structures. In fact, the better off and larger farmers gain an unequal share of these services because there is equal access to them.

Nevertheless, the uptake of these innovations has been a matter of free response which has therefore allowed, even in a uni-modal situation, some farmers to take greater advantage of them than others. The data were grouped by ecological zone and administrative province and Gini coefficients' of farm and non-farm income of agricultural households calculated for each group and for the whole sample. These are shown in Table 3;l. " The Ginis for the provincial grouping are indeed surprisingly low - mostly below DAD.

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