On the global level, only a few countries have industrialized without innovating their agricultural sector. Unbelievably, agricultural transformation can reduce poverty by consistently improving rural economic growth.
The transformational procedures start with increasing the income of rural households, higher productivity in the agricultural fields, and increased demands within the local market. The increase in productivity enables targeting larger markets, ago-processing increases, and farmers decide to take more jobs because of the decrease in work. Modernization in the agriculture sector results in becoming more efficient and less labor-centric. On the other hand, non-agricultural sectors have become more labor-intensive to manage significant growth.
For the analysis, it was mandatory to measure those countries in the middle of their agricultural transformation phase or at an abrupt halt. The most prominent indicators of any economic transformation are the decline in farm production and the overall drop in GDP. It also deals with reducing the economically driven people in the agricultural sector within the country’s total crop of people employed. The indicators depict that the farm sector has become more efficient while the economy is also growing.
These indicators fall into the macroeconomic list of indicators. Moreover, metrics will be here that define the transformational change in agriculture locally or even at the household level. For example, the ratio that depicts the agribusiness output from the total agriculture GDP will rise significantly in the earlier stages of the transformation. Additionally, as discussed beforehand, rural wages will increase as the transformation in agriculture occurs, irrespective of the factors that make it possible. In time, people witnessed those households linked to farming change their consumption style. They will significantly buy more from processed goods in the market, in contrast to what they grow in their fields.
Nevertheless, it is essential to understand how a farming household will experience a change in income during the agricultural transformation. Farmers will adopt innovative technologies, perform creative farming measures, and expand operations for better results. Moreover, farming households will try to earn income from other sources but continue to work on their lands. On the other hand, families will leave the farming business and migrate elsewhere. The subtleties of the work involving agricultural transformation also vary extensively with the geographic nature of the country, such as the markets, quality of the road, and ecological system. These factors are core characteristics that can track a country’s progress to a successful agricultural transformation.
Ensuring a Successful Agricultural Transformation
Numerous metrics were considered when determining the agricultural transformation of different countries. The patterns were quite visible after discussing the historical data regarding the transition across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The performance metrics were chosen based on their success and unsuccessful periods during the transformation phase. The research does not include those lagging metrics, creating a prospect that the transformation process will continue. The metrics also depicted the level of readiness towards the successful implementation and selected those who were absent. The absence of indicators showed that the victimized countries had to stop their transformation process. Even though countries take different routes towards their transition process, the present study identified twenty-five performance indicators essential to ensuring transformational change in the agricultural aspect.
Critical Influential Areas
The twenty-five measuring criteria consist of the essential features to ensure agricultural transformation. The ten metrics selected measure the commitment and the methods taken by the government sector. It consists of the strategies and implementation approaches that can drive a transformational change for a country. The present study highlighted that the countries that considered these metrics, if not excelled exceptionally, still survived the transformational change. However, the countries that fail to adopt these metrics may fail to ensure a transformational change in their agricultural sector.
After analyzing the need for agricultural transformation and how countries should go about it, it is without a doubt that governments need to work hard. They need to identify a course that can accelerate the transition phase and reduce the likelihood of stalling. Moreover, it is essential to understand that today’s transformation differs from the past decades. Nonetheless, the standard set of institutional, organizational, and political factors remains unchanged for agricultural transformation.