Pathways of Change in Africa
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256 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

26 line. Illustrations

Imprint: James Currey

Pathways of Change in Africa

Crops, Livestock and Livelihoods in Mali, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe

Edited by Ian Scoones and William Wolmer

by William Wolmer

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Demands a more complex understanding of small-scale mixed farming in Africa.
Mixed farming is often seen as an important route to meeting the vital twenty-first century challenge to increase productivity and sustainability of small-scale African farming systems. Discussions of mixed farming often assume that such systems represent part of a natural evolutionary progression towards an ideal state. Drawing on detailed case studies from Mali, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, this collection questions such evolutionary concepts, because they fail to recognise the diverse pathways of change that occur in agricultural systems, and the wide range of technology options that are pursued by farmers and herders.
"Pathways of Change offers a conceptually interesting, empirically rich, and convincing argument for a more sophisticated understanding of the complexities of small-scale mixed farming in Africa than much of the existing literature provides. ...Their goal is to highlight how new perspectives on ecology, historical dynamics, social differentiation, and institutional processes can sharpen our insights into the range of interrelated socioeconomic, technological, and institutional considerations that facilitate and constrain small-scale farm families in Ethiopia, Mali, and Zimbabwe in their striving for access to resources to improve the quality of their lives. ...a valuable overview of the literature and key issues regarding crop-livestock integration in Africa. -" Jim Bingen, AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW
"The Scoones and Wolmer volume...challenges the normative belief that African production systems should/will move to a mixed farming model that integrates agriculture and livestock raising. The authors attribute this belief to underlying evolutionary theories of the inevitability of agricultural intensification and they show how it suffuses standard approaches to technological innovation in extension programmes (and underlies the failure of such programmes to reach poor rural producers). They argue that there is a diversity of different pathways of change in rural production systems. -" Bridget O'Laughlin, DEVELOPMENT & CHANGE

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9780852554227

September 2002

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Title Details

256 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

26 line. Illustrations

Imprint: James Currey