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Title:The Renewal of the Ghanaian Rural Economy
Author:Dei, George J.S.ISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:rural economy
rural households
Anthropology and Archaeology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/485401
Abstract:This study examines the response of a rural community, the town of Ayirebi and neighbouring communities in southeastern Ghana, to changes in both the domestic and external economies. In 1982-1983 the author examined the adaptive responses of the peasant farmers of Ayirebi to seasonal food supply cycles, drought, and the severe national economic contraction of the eary 1980s. During research trips in 1989 and 1990, he examined the extent to which coping strategies witnessed in 1982-1983 had been sustained. Specifically, his research objective was to document how the local community was responding to State policies aimed at promoting cash crop production and an export-led development strategy. He paid particular attention to issues of crop diversification and/or petty commodity production among the predominantly food farmers. The study shows that in the early 1980s, most Ayirebi households depended largely on local resources and the strengthening of non-market relations of production and social redistribution. In 1990, a good proportion of local goods produced and consumed flowed through market channels. With the gradual expansion of the local economy since the late 1980s, households have intensified their off-farm petty commodity activities. There is also a net flow of resources through formal and informal channels from the urban to the rural area as a result of labour migration. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French.