Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Africa / Edition 1

Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Africa / Edition 1

by B. L. TURNER II
     
 

"By far the most extensive empirical and theoretical analysis of the debate [on the effects of population growth on development] in the African context.  It promises . . . to become a central document for those interested in African and other Third World regions' agrarian transformation."--S. P. Reyna, University of New Hampshire

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"By far the most extensive empirical and theoretical analysis of the debate [on the effects of population growth on development] in the African context.  It promises . . . to become a central document for those interested in African and other Third World regions' agrarian transformation."--S. P. Reyna, University of New Hampshire

The question that drives the ten case studies of highland East Africa and Nigeria commissioned for this volume is whether population growth in densely settled areas of rural Africa has led to the intensification of agriculture.  

 Using a "natural experiments" methodology, the authors explore changes in agricultural inputs and outputs, analyze the role that external productive forces have played in these changes, note the consequences of the changes (especially for the environment and standard of living), and speculate on the changes' implications.

 The volume is framed by chapters on theory, one that presents the traditional thought on the relationship between population and agriculture and one that offers a synthesis that, while controversial, holds out real hope for African agriculture.

 

Contents Theory, Evidence, Study Design, by Robert W. Kates, Goran Hyden, and B. L. Turner II Agricultural Transformation in the Robusta Coffee/Banana Zone of Bushenyi, Uganda, by Nelson Kasfir Increasing Variability in Agricultural Production:  Meru District, Kenya, in the Twentieth Century, by F. E. Bernard

Defending the Promise of Subsistence:  Population Growth and Agriculture in the West Usambara Mountains, 1920-1980, by Steven Feierman

Marginal Coping in Extreme Land Pressures:  Ruhengeri, Rwanda, by Robert E. Ford

Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Kisii District, Kenya:  A Sustained Symbiosis?  by H. W. O. Okoth-Ogendo and John O. Oucho

Agricultural Expansion, Intensification, and Market Participation among the Kofyar, Jos Plateau, Nigeria, by Robert McC. Netting, Glenn Davis Stone, and M. Priscilla Stone

Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria, by Abe Goldman

From Agricultural Growth to Stagnation:  The Case of the Ngwa, Nigeria, 1900-1980, by Susan Martin

Agricultural Stagnation and Economic Diversification:  Awka-Nnewi Region, Nigeria, 1930-1980, by Francis C. Okafor

The Intensification of Peri-Urban Agriculture:  The Kano Close-Settled Zone, 1964-1986, by Michael Mortimore

Beyond Intensificaiton, by Goran Hyden, Robert W. Kates, and B. L. Turner II

 

B. L. Turner II, a professor of geography and director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, is the editor or author of a number of publications on nature-society relationships.  Goran Hyden is a professor of political science at the University of Florida.  Robert Kates is Professor Emeritus at Brown University and former director of the A. S. Feinstein World Hunger Program at that university.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813012193
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Series:
Carter Lecture Series, Center for Africa
Edition description:
First
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.61(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables
Foreword
Preface
1Theory, Evidence, Study Design1
2Agricultural Transformation in the Robusta Coffee/Banana Zone of Bushenyi, Uganda41
3Increasing Variability in Agricultural Production: Meru District, Kenya, in the Twentieth Century80
4Defending the Promise of Subsistence: Population Growth and Agriculture in the West Usambara Mountains, 1920-1980114
5Marginal Coping in Extreme Land Pressures: Ruhengeri, Rwanda145
6Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Kisii District, Kenya: A Sustained Symbiosis?187
7Agricultural Expansion, Intensification, and Market Participation among the Kofyar, Jos Plateau, Nigeria206
8Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria250
9From Agricultural Growth to Stagnation: The Case of the Ngwa, Nigeria, 1900-1980302
10Agricultural Stagnation and Economic Diversification: Awka-Nnewi Region, Nigeria, 1930-1980324
11The Intensification of Peri-Urban Agriculture: The Kano Close-Settled Zone, 1964-1986358
12Beyond Intensification401
Glossary440
Contributors444
Index445

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