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From the UC Berkeley Webcast site: With 75 percent of world poverty concentrated in rural areas, the forthcoming World Development Report "Agriculture for Development" argues that the role of agriculture as an instrument for development has been badly underused by governments and donors, with high social and environmental costs. Does this apply to Latin America ? The region is highly urbanized, new developments in production and marketing threaten the competitiveness of smallholders and agricultural labor markets have been poorly remunerative. The model followed has often been rapid growth in commercial farming with poverty mitigated through cash transfers. Can Latin America do better? The authors of the report argue that it can.