Africa's agrarian crisis : the roots of famine /
edited by Stephen K. Commins, Michael F. Lofchie, and Rhys Payne.
Boulder, Colo. : L. Rienner, c1986.
xiii, 237 p. ; 24 cm. --
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Boulder, Colo. : L. Rienner, c1986.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 210-229.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
This volume grew out of a 1983 lecture series at the University of California, Los Angeles. Overall, the work is an attempt to explain the roots of famine in Africa. The nine contributors are affiliated with colleges and universities in the US or with the US Department of Agriculture. Support for research on which a number of the lectures were based was provided by agencies of the Episcopal Church, supplemented by a grant from the Getty Oil Company. Part 1 presents general perspectives about the agricultural crisis, food policies, and market regulations. Part 2 contains five case studies, and Part 3 includes two chapters under the general topic of externalities. The volume stresses the importance of public policy as a key determinant of the economic performance of African agricultural sectors. The introductory essay provides some explanations for agrarian decline and human starvation and contains a masterful summary of ``contending explanations,'' classified under externalists (who emphasize external causal factors) and internalists (who emphasize policy failures of African governments). In addition, there is a thoughtful evaluation of ``donor impact'' in this excellent analysis. The individual case studies are carefully documented and are very informative. Included is a valuable, fairly comprehensive bibliography, divided into categories appropriate for the topics of the book. College and general readership.-C.L. Nelson, Davidson College
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