Unraveling the unsustainability spiral in sub-Saharan Africa: an agent based modeling approach

G. van Hofwegen, G.A. Becx, J.A. van den Broek, N.B.J. Koning

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Abstract

Sub-Saharan Africa is trapped in a complex unsustainability spiral with demographic, biophysical, technical and socio-political dimensions. Unravelling the spiral is vital to perceive which policy actions are needed to reverse it and initiate sustainable pro-poor growth. The article presents an evolutionary, multi-agent modelling framework that marries a socio-ecological approach to a world system perspective and takes agriculture as the engine for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. A number of possibilities for empirical validation are proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-138
JournalInterdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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