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Title:Interrogating the technocratic (neoliberal) agenda for agricultural development and hunger alleviation in Africa
Authors:Moseley, WilliamISNI
Schnurr, Matthew
Kerr, Rachel BeznerISNI
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:agricultural development
food security
agricultural policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2014.1003308
Abstract:This paper introduces a special issue that critically examines the dominant technocratic, neoliberal agenda for agricultural development and hunger alleviation in Africa. The authors briefly review the history of African agricultural and food security policy in the postcolonial period in order to contextualize the productionist approach embedded in the New Green Revolution for Africa, a strategy comprising the use of hybrid seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides to boost crop production. This approach is underpinned by a new and unprecedented level of public-private partnerships as donors actively work to promote the private sector and build links between African farmers, input suppliers, agro-dealers, agro-processors, and retailers. On the consumer end, increased supermarket penetration into poorer neighbourhoods is proffered as a solution to urban food insecurity. The papers in the special issue complicate understandings of this new approach and raise serious questions about its effectiveness as a strategy for increasing food production and alleviating hunger across the continent. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]