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Title:Will Africa's Green Revolution squeeze African family farmers to death? Lessons from small-scale high-cost rice production in the Senegal River Valley
Author:Koopman, JeanneISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Volume:39
Issue:133
Pages:500-511
Language:English
Geographic terms:Mali
Senegal
Subjects:agricultural development
agricultural policy
farmers
risk
rice
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056244.2012.711076
Abstract:The author reviews the tortured history of high-cost irrigated rice production in the Senegal River Valley, focusing on the severe economic risks that African peasants have faced since their flood-recession farming system was destroyed in the 1980s. She argues that the input packages of the Gates Foundation's Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) carry similar economic risks. She then explores these risks in the context of the land tenure privatization undertaken in Mali and Senegal by the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The fundamental problem with the AGRA model of agricultural modernization is the cost of inputs. Farmers need credit, but the risks of taking large amounts of credit can be very high: if disaster strikes, peasant farmers run the risk of losing everything. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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