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close this bookThe Crisis in African Agriculture - Studies in African Political Economy (UNU, 1987, 99 pages)
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Open this folder and view contents1: The performance of African agriculture, 1950-1980
View the document2: Precolonial African societies
View the document3: The appropriation of peasant surplus labour
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Mohamed Lamine Gakou

The United Nations University
Zed Books Ltd.
London and New Jersey


General Editor: Samir Amin

The United Nations University's Project on Transnationalization or Nation-Building in Africa (1982- 1986) was undertaken by a network of African scholars under the co-ordination of Samir Amin. The purpose of the Project was to study the possibilities of and constraints on national autocentric development of African countries in the context of the world-system into which they have been integrated. Since the 1970s the world-system has been in a crisis of a severity and complexity unprecedented since the end of the Second World War; the Project examines the impact of this contemporary crisis on the political. economic and cultural situation of Africa today. Focusing on the complex relationship between transnationalization (namely. the dynamics of the world-system) and nation-building. which is seen as a precondition for national development. the Project explores a wide range of problems besetting Africa today and outlines possible alternatives to the prevailing development models which have proved to be inadequate


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The Crisis in African Agriculture was first published in 1987


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Translation copyright © Third World Forum, 1987.
Translated by A. M. Berrett.

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British Library Cataloguing In Publication Data

Gakou, Mohammed Lamine
The crisis in African agriculture. -
(Studies in African political economy).
I. Food supply - Political aspects - Africa
I. Title II. United Nations. University
III. Series IV. La crise de l'agriculture
Africaine. English
338.1'9'6 HD9017.A2
ISBN 0-86232-732-6
ISBN 0-86232-733-4 Pbk

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Gakou, Mohamed Lamine.
The crisis in African agriculture.

(United Nations University studies in African political economy)
Translation of: La crise de l'agriculture africaine.
Bibliography: p.
Includes index.
1. Agriculture - Economic aspects - Africa.
I. Title. II. Series
HD2117.G3513 1987 338.1'096 87-13355
ISBN 0-86232-732-6
ISBN 0-86232-733-4 (pbk.)