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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Study on the Relationship between Agriculture and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa from Historical Perspectives

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Keywords

  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Agriculture
  • Staple Food Crop
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Agricultural Economics

Areas

  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Website

http://www.aa.tufs.ac.jp/users/agriculture2010/

About the Project

Project term: April, 2010–March, 2013

Summary of the project: With the economic depression of Sub-Saharan Africa becoming an international crisis, the need for greater expertise in agriculture, which is a key industry in most of the region, becomes urgent. In Japan, a great deal of effort has been made by researchers of agriculture, anthropology, and agricultural economics to study the agriculture of Sub-Saharan Africa and they have obtained good results in the last few decades. In this project, researchers of the above-mentioned disciplines and historians will jointly examine the relation between agriculture and culture in Sub-Saharan Africa from historical perspectives. The goal of this project is to explore a new field of study on agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa by emphasizing subjects related to staple food crops. There remain numerous unsettled historical questions about these crops although they have had an important role socially and culturally in Sub-Saharan African societies.

Hiroki Ishikawa, Project Coordinator (ILCAA)

Members

Coordinator

  • Hiroki ISHIKAWA (ILCAA)

ILCAA Staff

  • Yoko NAGAHARA (Sub-coordinator)

Joint Researchers

  • Akihito KUDO
  • Akiyo AMINAKA
  • Chizuko SATO
  • Hideaki SUZUKI
  • Kaori KOMATSU
  • Momoka MAKI
  • Rumiko MURAO
  • Syun ISHIYAMA
  • Tadasu TSURUTA
  • Takako ANKEI
  • Takeshi FUJIMOTO
  • Tsutomu TAKANE
  • Yasuaki SATO
  • Yasuo MIZOBE
  • Yuichiro FUJIOKA

Outputs

Meetings

The 8th meeting

  • Date/Time: 30 March 2013 (Sat.) 13:30-19:00
  • Venue:Room 301 (Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Takako ANKEI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Yamaguchi University)
    “Coping with Toxity: A History of Cassava Dispersal in Tropical Africa”
    Shun ISHIYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
    “WaterSupply and Dates Diversity of Saharan Oasis in Algeria”
    Takeshi FUJIMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toyama University)
    “On the Complicated Fermentation Processes and Uses of an Ethiopia- Endemic Crop Enset: A Case with the Koore (Amaaro)”
    Yasuo MIZOBE (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meiji University)
    “Exploring Cuisine in the Central and Southern Ghana, Referring to Some Works on Culinary History of Africa”

The 7th meeting : Report(Japanese)(198KB)

  • Date/Time:8 December 2012 (Sat.) 13:30-19:00
  • Venue:Room 301 (Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Jointly Sponsored by: Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies”
  • Akiyo AMINAKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Movement of People and Agricultural Production under the Portuguese Colonial Rule: A Tentative for the Comparative Study on the Case of Mozambique and Angola”
    Chizuko SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Japan External Trade Organization)
    “‘Rise and Fall’ of the South African Peasantry Revisited”

The 6th meeting : Report(Japanese)(124KB)

  • Date/Time:21 July 2012 (Sat.) 13:30-19:00
  • Venue:Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Jointly Sponsored by: Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies”
  • Tadasu TSURUTA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kinki University)
    “Agricultural Revolution in the Context of African History”
    Hiroki ISHIKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Preliminary Report on the Agricultural Censuses of Angola during the Portuguese Colonial Period”

The 5th meeting

  • Date/Time: 31 March 2012 (Sat.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Jointly Sponsored by: Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies”, Core Project “The Anthropological Explorations into the Linkage of Micro-Macro Perspectives”
  • Discussion about the Research Plan and Publication of Research Results (Closed)
    Hideo FUKAZAWA (ILCAA)
    Open Lecture “Cultivation and Land Use as a Substantial Economy in North-western Madagascar: From the View of Impacts and Influences of the ‘Green Revolution”

The 4th meeting : Report(Japanese)(268KB)

  • Date/Time: 3 December 2011 (Sat.) 13:00-19:00
  • Venue: Room 301 (Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • Jointly Sponsored by: Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies”
  • Rumiko MURAO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “The Varieties of Cassava Cultivation Techniques in Africa”
    Takako ANKEI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Yamaguchi University)
    “Techniques for Neutralization of Cassava in Africa: An Environmental and Historical Analysis”
    Kaori KOMATSU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Shizuoka University)
    “History of Banana Cultivation in Asia and Africa”

The 3rd meeting : Report(Japanese)(247KB)

  • Date/Time:23 July 2011 (Sat.) 13:30-19:00
  • Venue:Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Yuichiro FUJIOKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Changes in Millet Cultivation and Agro-pastoral Complex in Ovambo Society, North-central Namibia”
    Shun ISHIYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
    “Agriculture in Semi-arid Land of Sub-Sahara and Climatic Change”
    Akihito KUDO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka University)
    “Colonial Agriculture and Land Regime in Northern Algeria”

The 2nd meeting : Report(Japanese)(148KB)

  • Date/Time:4 December 2010 (Sat.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue:Room 304 (Multismedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Jointly Sponsored by: Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies”, Fieldnet
  • Yasuaki SATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Osaka Sangyo University)
    “An Introduction for Historical Research on Banana Farming Culture in Uganda and the Landrace Diversity”
    Takeshi FUJIMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of human environments)
    “A Preliminary Discussion on Relationships between Culinary Arts and Societies: From a Comparison of Enset Growing Peoples in Southwestern Ethiopia”
    Hiroki ISHIKAWA (ILCAA)
    “Reconsideration of the Ensete Cultivation in Northern Ethiopia”

The 1st meeting : Report(Japanese)(71KB)

  • Date/Time:3 July 2010 (Sat.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue:Room 304 (Multismedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Hiroki ISHIKAWA(ILCAA)
    Explanation by Coordinator
    Self-Introduction by Joint Researchers
    Discussion about the Research Plan in this Year

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