Mohamed Lamine Gakou
The United Nations University
London and New Jersey
THE UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY/THIRD WORLD
STUDIES IN AFRICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY
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
TITLES IN THIS SERIES
M. L. Gakou
The Crisis in African Agriculture
Peter Anyang' Nyong'o (editor)
Popular Struggles for
Democracy in Africa
Samir Amin, Derrick Chitala, Ibbo Mandaza (editors)
Prospects for Disengagement and Development in Southern Africa
The World Steel Industry: Dynamics of
Other titles in preparation.
The Crisis in African Agriculture was first published in
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Copyright © The United Nations University, 1987.
Translation copyright © Third World Forum,
Translated by A. M. Berrett.
Cover designed by Andrew Corbett.
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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
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
Translation of: La crise de l'agriculture
1. Agriculture - Economic
aspects - Africa.
I. Title. II. Series
HD2117.G3513 1987 338.1'096