Living Under Contract: Contract Farming and Agrarian Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Contract farming is defined as arrangements between a grower and firm(s) (e.g., exporters, processors, retail outlets, or shippers) in which nontransferable contracts specify one or more conditions of marketing and production. Although the volume focuses on the genesis, growth, and form of contract farming in sub-Saharan Africa, the contributions also shed light on the contemporary processes of agrarian restructuring at the global level, and on contract farming more generally. The approach seeks to situate diverse contracting arrangements with respect to local conditions and global structures. Paper edition (14064-4), $27.50. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Wracked by poverty, famine, and drought, Africa is typically represented as agriculturally stagnant, backward, and crisis-prone. Living Under Contract, however, highlights the dynamic, changing character of sub-Saharan agrarian systems by focusing on contract farming.

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Peter D. Little is senior research associate at the Institute for Development Anthropology and associate research professor at the State University of New York–Binghamton.  Among his books is The Elusive Granary: Herder, Farmer, and State in Northern Kenya. Michael Watts is professor of geography and development studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Reworking Modernity: Capitalisms and Symbolic Discontent and Silent Violence: Food, Famine, and Peasantry in Northern Nigeria.

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Published by University of Wisconsin Press (1994)
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