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- DescriptionFood security and asset possession of small producers in developing countries has been severely undermined over many years. The old primitive accumulation of capital - by seizing resources from colonies - was only temporarily halted by independence struggles. Today the advanced capitalist world, whose large scale agriculture cant meet its own consumption needs, angles to control the superior productive capacity of developing countries for both food and agrofuels. Mopolistic control of food distribution, increased prices of foods and farm inputs, and transnational capital's concessioning of land for food and agrofuel production have created a new scramble for land. At the same time neoliberal reforms have increased unemployment, deepened debt, led to land and livestock losses, reduced per capita food production and decreased nutritional standards. The dominant response to this agrarian crisis has been to reinforce the incorporation of the peasantry into volatile world markets and to extend land alienation, increasing import dependence. This book shows how the peasantry's increasingly active resistance has the potential to undermine political stability in third world countries. Patnaik argues that generating livelihoods and genuine development for the majority demands the encouragement of labour-intensive petty production, a rethinking about which agricultural commodities are produced, the redistribution of the means of food production and increased social investment in rural development. Food sovereignty requires policies that defend the land rights of small producers. Voluntary co-operation will permit ecomies of scale, higher productivity and incomes, and allow the mass of the people to live their lives with dignity.
- Author BiographyUtsa Patnaik is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and author of several books, most recently 'The Republic of Hunger and Other Essays'. Sam Moyo is professor and executive director of the African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Harare. Issa G. Shivji was professor of law at the University of Dar es Salaam until his retirement in 2006 after 36 years of service. He is currently holding the newly-established Mwalimu Nyerere Research Chair in Pan-African Studies at the same university. Shivji has published over a dozen books and numerous articles including 'Class Struggles in Tanzania' (1976), 'The Concept of Human Rights in Africa' (1989), 'Let the People Speak: Tanzania down the road to neo-liberalism' (2006) and 'Accumulation in an African Periphery: A Theoretical Framework' (2009).
- Author(s)Issa G. Shivji,Sam Moyo,Utsa Patnaik
- PublisherPambazuka Press
- Date of Publication05/09/2011
- SubjectBusiness, Accounting & Vocational: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPambazuka Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight103 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine5 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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