One would have to be quite presumptuous to feel that he could read five papers as dissimilar as the ones we are dealing with here today and come out with all common elements. While all but one consider the general area of rural development policy, there is a considerable range in their orientation and scope. The common elements in the papers are that they outline some agricultural policy objectives deemed appropriate to the situation in their countries of origin. Secondly, they all recommend or examine some implementation policy designed to achieve the policy objectives defined. Finally, they assess what the degree of success of these implementation policies has been or would be in achieving the policy objectives.