The Peasant Cotton Revolution in West Africa: Cote d'Ivoire, 1880-1995

The Peasant Cotton Revolution in West Africa: Cote d'Ivoire, 1880-1995

by Thomas J. Bassett
     
 

"The literature on Africa is dominated by accounts of crisis, doom and gloom, but this book presents one of the few long-running success stories. Thomas Bassett, a distinguished American geographer well known in the field of development, tells an unusual story of the growth of the cotton economy of West Africa, where change was brought about by tens of thousands of… See more details below

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"The literature on Africa is dominated by accounts of crisis, doom and gloom, but this book presents one of the few long-running success stories. Thomas Bassett, a distinguished American geographer well known in the field of development, tells an unusual story of the growth of the cotton economy of West Africa, where change was brought about by tens of thousands of small-scale peasant farmers. While the introduction of new strains of cotton in francophone West Africa was in part a result of agronomic research by French scientists, supported by an unusually efficient marketing structure, this is not a case of triumphant top-down "planification". Employing the case of Cote d'Ivoire, Professor Bassett shows agricultural intensification to result from the cumulative effect of decades of incremental changes in farming techniques and social organization. A significant contribution to the literature, the book demonstrates the need to consider the local and temporal dimensions of agricultural innovations. It brings into question many key assumptions that have influenced development policies during the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521783132
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
African Studies Series, #101
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
Glossary
1Introduction1
2The collision of empires, 1880-191127
3The uncaptured corvee, 1912-194651
4Repackaging cotton, 1947-196386
5Making cotton work, 1946-1984107
6"To sow or not to sow": the extensification of cotton, gender politics, and rural mobilization, 1985-1995146
7Conclusion174
App. ICote d'Ivoire seed cotton production, 1912-1998185
Notes188
Bibliography219

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