pt. 1. Global economic developments and LDCs: 1. Recent developments and outlook -- 2. Recent trends in development finance and external debt -- pt. 2: Agricultural development: 1. Opportunities for LDC agriculture in the world trading system and the impact of the Uruguay Round Agreement -- 3. Food security and agricultural reform in LDCs -- 4. Agricultural development and the environment in LDCs -- 5. Development and reform of rural financial markets in LDCs -- 6. Policy reforms and agricultural development in LDCs : lessons from successful agricultural development strategies in developing countries -- pt. 3. Economies in regress : the crisis of governance, state failure and internal conflicts in LDCs -- Statistical annex: Basic data on the least developed countries.