Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Africa


The question that drives the ten case studies of highland East Africa and Nigeria commissioned for this volume is whether population growth in densely settled areas of rural Africa has led to the intensification of agriculture. Using a "natural experiments" methodology, the authors explore changes in agricultural inputs and outputs, analyze the role that external productive forces have played in these changes, note the consequences of the changes (especially for the environment and standard of living), and speculate on the changes' implications. The volume is framed by chapters on theory, one that presents traditional thought on the relationship between population and agriculture and one that offers a synthesis that, while controversial, holds out real hope for African agriculture.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Goran Hyden
  • B. L. Turner II
  • Nelson Kasfir
  • F. E. Bernard
  • Steven Feierman
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Gainesville, FL
Publication year:
  • 1993


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