Poverty, Hunger, and Democracy in Africa: Potential and Limitations of Democracy in Cementing…

Hardcover | June 15, 2011

byDavid Bigman

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The book evaluates alternative policy options for the African countries to overcome the food crisis and the changing structure of world trade to sustain their impressive growth of the early 2000s. These policies must go beyond economic reforms and seek a solution to the entrenched political problems that divided the continent.

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The book evaluates alternative policy options for the African countries to overcome the food crisis and the changing structure of world trade to sustain their impressive growth of the early 2000s. These policies must go beyond economic reforms and seek a solution to the entrenched political problems that divided the continent.

DAVID BIGMAN is Professor and Honorary Chair in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Wageningen University, and Visiting Professor at Stanford University and Woosong University, Korea. In 1977 he received a Ph.D. in Economics at Johns Hopkins University. He was formerly Senior Lecturer and Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.86 × 5.7 × 1.02 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230205283

ISBN - 13:9780230205284

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: WHO IS IN CHARGE? THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND OF THE STATE
PART II: OBSTACLES TO GROWTH: GEOGRAPHY, DEMOGRAPHY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Introduction
Landlocked countries
Inland Obstacles: Access and Infrastructure
The Threat of Global Warming
The Demographic Changes
The Resource Curse
The Haunting Malthusian Predicament
o Limits to growth
o The environmental threat
o How to achieve sustained and fair limits to growth
o The new phase of the Malthusian predicament
o Will SSA be able to feed its growing population?
o Malthus outlook further into the future
PART III: POLITICAL REFORMS TO BUILD THE AFRICAN ECONOMY
PART IV: WHY HAVE THE ADVANCED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES BYPASSED SSA?
Introduction
The reforms to increase agricultural productivity
The first great leap forward: the Green Revolution
The second great leap forward: the Gene Revolution
The driving force of agricultural productivity: Agricultural R&D
PART V: THE FOOD CRISIS
Introduction and Overview
The causes of the escalating food prices
The impact of the structural factors on the rise in food prices
Is this sufficient to explain the excessive overshooting grain prices?
Other factors that exacerbated the food crisis
The consequences of the food crisis: The threat to Glocal stability
PART VI: THE LONGER TERM REFORMS TO COMBAT HUNGER IN AFRICA
Introduction
The role of the public sector
The main reforms
Production barriers to industrialization
Barriers on agricultural reforms
Barriers on diversifying agricultural incomes
The sagging rural economy
The common principles of the alternative reform programs
The new Partnership for Africas Development: The Reform Program of the African Union