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Title:Dependent Food Policy in Nigeria, 1975-1979
Author:Okello-Oculi, Joseph
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:agricultural policy
food production
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Abstract:Oil rich Nigeria in increasingly an importer of basic foods. This is a direct consequence of colonial and immediate post-colonial agricultural policy which concentrated on the production of cash crops for export. In an apparent attempt to become self-sufficient in food, Nigerian governments have in the last few years gone in for large schemes often involving irrigation, benefiting the rich farmers. These schemes have required the importing of the products of multinational agribusiness, including livestock. This food policy intensifies the dependence of Nigerian agriculture on agricultural products and technology from external capitalist economies and is biased towards solving the urban food crisis, is capital intensive, and focusses on transferring investment into the hands of elite farmers and not mobilising the creative powers of the millions of small farmers. The author argues for a genuinely self-sufficient food strategy involving the mobilisation of the mass of the farmers and based on indigenous agricultural inputs. Bibliographic note, tab.