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The Politics of Agriculture in Tropical Africa

The Politics of Agriculture in Tropical Africa

Edited by Jonathan Barker

Sage, 1984, 320 pp.

These essays-detailed case analyses of agriculture in Upper Volta, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sudan, Zambia, Zanre and Mozambique-reflect the prevailing confusion among the mainly socialist-oriented authors about how to deal with the present crisis. Largely avoiding dependency theory (except in discussing causes), they focus on the failures of large capital-intensive schemes in a variety of African political milieus, thus implicitly joining the broad Western consensus that small-farm development is the priority in Africa.