Jared, thanks for your question. First, you are absolutely right: I'm saying that a politically open and accountable regime (at the central level) is neither necessary nor sufficient for development results on the ground at the local level. Second, the private sector will always find it attractive to promote development because that's what generates gains to the private sector. Poor farmers are private entrepreneurs. They have to promote development (i.e., produce crops) because that's how they survive. They will do so whether government or development partners' efforts help or hurt these efforts. We would all prefer that governments and development partners help these farmers' efforts, but the private sector (in this case, farmers) will persevere no matter what.