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Record number 478365
Title Africa and the Green Revolution : A Global Historical Perspective
Author(s) Frankema, E.H.P.
Source NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 70-71 (2014). - ISSN 1573-5214 - p. 17 - 24.
Department(s) Rural and Environmental History
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) sub-saharan africa - british africa - agriculture - revenue - origins - growth
Abstract Two decades of substantial economic growth in Africa have challenged the deep-seated Afro-pessimism of the 1990s and 2000s and re-invigorated the academic debate on Africa's ability to grow out of poverty in the 21st century. Although the opinions differ widely on how sustainable current African growth trajectories are, there is a widespread consensus that a fundamental agricultural transformation is key to consolidate current and future welfare gains. This study interprets recent signs of agricultural productivity growth from a long term global historical context, arguing that the combination of present-day developments in information and communication technology, transport infrastructure, demographic growth, urbanization and in macro-economic governance form a fundamental break with African history. This break does not offer any guarantees, but it does raise the probability that Africa will complete a green revolution of its own.
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