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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Agricultural Modernization, the Environment and Sustainable Production in Nigeria, 1970-1985
Author:Dibua, J.I.
Periodical:African Economic History
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:agricultural projects
agricultural policy
agricultural history
agricultural innovations
agricultural ecology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Abstract:This paper examines agricultural modernization and sustainable production in Nigeria. It looks at the integrated rural development programmes that were launched by successive administrations during the period 1970-1985, viz. the National Accelerated Food Production Programme (NAFPP), Operation Feed the Nation (OFN), the Green Revolution (GR), and the Agricultural Development Projects (ADP), the experience with State-ownership of large-scale farms at Agbede and Warrake in the former Bendel State of Nigeria, and the Bakolori irrigation scheme. These are examined with regard to their impact on environmental sustainability and sustainable agricultural production in the country. In spite of all the modernization programmes, the performance of the agricultural sector did not improve. On the contrary, it stagnated. A major factor responsible for this was the decision to transplant alien technologies into the country without taking into account the environmental realities and the socioeconomic matrix on which indigenous agricultural practices were based. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]