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Title:Peasantry and state in Ghana: the example of the Vea irrigation project in the upper region of Ghana
Author:Konings, PietISNI
Series:ASC working paper (ISSN 0924-3534)
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
Geographic term:Ghana
agricultural projects
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/4649
Abstract:This medium-sized irrigation project was one of the schemes undertaken to bring about structural changes in the colonial export economy and to bridge regional inequalities. The paper aims to demonstrate first why producers of use-values and migrant labourers should be transformed into producers of commodities and how this transformation was achieved. It then tries to explain the reasons for the consequent various changes in the organisation of cash crop production in the project and to analyse the various ways peasants' labour is controlled and exploited. Finally it shows reaction and action of peasants on the loss of control over the means of production, the production process and the terms of exchange.