Hossain Zillur Rahman is presently Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka and combines degrees in economics and political sociology. In a research career spanning nearly two decades, Dr. Rahman has been a consultant to various international bodies including DANIDA, Asian Development Bank and SIDA. He has written extensively and has previously authored The State of Basic Social Services in Bangladesh; Critical Review of Studies on Agrarian Structure in Bangladesh; and Field Research and Rural Poverty: Dialogues on Methodology. Mahabub Hossain is Economist and Head, Social Sciences Division, International Rice Research Institute, Manila. Previously, he has been Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka, and a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC. His recent works on rural infrastructure, Grameen Bank credit programme and Green Revolution in Bangladesh have been published as IFPRI Research Reports. He has co-authored The Strategy of Development in Bangladesh published by the MacMillan Press and the OECD Development Center.