Africa and the green revolution : a global historical perspective

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Abstract

After several centuries of rising global inequality during the so-called era of the Great Divergence, our generation is witnessing a new epoch in world history, one of rapid economic convergence1. Emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil and Turkey are reconfiguring the gravity centers of the global economy with astonishing speed. Even in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region torn apart by decades of civil war and economic crises, hopeful signs of growing prosperity have emerged in recent years (Radelet 2010, Young 2012). It remains to be seen, however, to which extent Africa’s current growth revival builds on a profound transformation of the social, political and economic fabric. Is the region not just experiencing the inevitable recovery from an equally inevitable post-colonial collapse? And what sets this wave of growth apart from recurring African cycles of natural resource booms and busts, driven by volatile world market prices for tropical cash crops and mineral resources?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen University
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9789461736185
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • agricultural history
  • green revolution
  • history
  • agriculture
  • environment
  • agricultural production
  • food supply
  • economic growth
  • globalization
  • africa

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