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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Rethinking the History of Agriculture and Rural Societies in Africa: From the Viewpoint of Indigenous Agricultural Revolution

Rethinking the History of Agriculture and Rural Societies in Africa: From the Viewpoint of Indigenous Agricultural Revolution

Keywords

  • sub-Saharan Afria
  • Southeast Asia
  • indigenous agriculture
  • green revolution
  • hisoty
  • anthropology
  • agricultural economics
  • comarative study on peasant society

Areas

  • sub-Saharan Afria
  • Southeast Asia

Website

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2016–March, 2019

In sub-Saharan Africa, policies aiming at agricultural modernization have so far been been unsuccessful. African agriculture, however, has not simply stagnated but undergone several drastic changes since the colonial era up to the present day of globalization. In order to adapt to the changing environment, African peasant farmers have made countless agricultural innovations, based on their copious knowledge of local agro-ecology. Paul Richards called this grassroots innovation “indigenous agricultural revolution,” thereby suggesting an African way of agricultural development as an alternative to the Green Revolution, which is characterized by its top-down approach and one-size-fits-all application of the scientific method. Based on Richard’s thought-provoking argument, this research project will examine the history of agriculture and rural societies in modern Africa from the viewpoint of indigenous agricultural revolution, in order to gain insight into sustainable agricultural development in future Africa.

Tadasu TSURUTA, Project Coordinator
(Professor, Kindai University)

Members

Coordinator

  • Tadasu TSURUTA (Kindai University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Hiroki ISHIKAWA
  • Hideo FUKAZAWA

Joint Researchers

  • Takako ANKEI
  • Takeshi FUJIMOTO
  • Yuichiro FUJIOKA
  • Koichi IKEGAMI
  • Shun ISHIYAMA
  • Kaori KOMATSU
  • Masahiko MATSUDA
  • Rumiko MURAO
  • Shuichi OYAMA
  • Kenta SAKANASHI
  • Chizuko SATO
  • Yasuaki SATO
  • Tatsuro SUEHARA
  • Kazuhiko SUGIMURA
  • Yuko SUGIYAMA
  • Toshikazu TANAKA
  • Tadasu TSURUTA

Outputs

Meetings

The 5th meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 2 Dec 2017 14:00–19:00, Sun 3 Dec 2017 9:30–13:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 4F
  • Language: Japanese
  • 2 Dec
  • Yuichiro FUJIOKA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyushu University)
    “Revisiting Agriculture-Pastoralism Complex in Africa: From the Viewpoint of Agro-pastoral Societies in Namibia”
    Yudai ISHIMOTO (Aomori Public University)
    “Transformation of Subsistence Activities among Agro-pastoralists in Sahel, West Africa: A Case of Northeastern Burukina Faso”
  • 3 Dec
  • Naoaki IZUMI (Hyogo Prefectural University)
    “Social Mechanism on the Formation and Maintenance of Wealthy Households among the Agro-pastoralist Sukuma, Tanzania”
    Comments and discussion
    Commentators: Tadasu TSURUTA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kindai University), Kazuhiko SUGIMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Fukui Prefectural University)
    “Theoretical Framework to Understand Agro-pastoral Societies in Africa from Historical Perspective”

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(171KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 8 Jul 2017 14:00–19:00, Sun 9 Jul 2017 9:30–13:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 4F
  • Language: Japanese
  • 8 Jul
  • Ryohei TERAUCHI (Kyoto University)
    “Exploring Diversity and Origin of Guinea Yam”
    Shingo ODANI (Chiba University)
    “Introdution of Sweet Potatos and Agricultural Revolution in New Guinea: A Historical and Geographical Analysis”
  • 9 Jul
  • Takeshi FUJIMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Toyama University)
    “Farmers’ Innovation Observed in Ensete Cultivation in Southwestern Ethiopia”
    All members
    Comments and discussion

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(197KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 25 Mar 2017 14:00–19:00, Sun 26 Mar 2017 9:30–13:00
  • Venue: Room 301, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Rethinking the History of Agriculture and Rural Societies in Africa: From the Viewpoint of Indigenous Agricultural Revolution”, Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research(Principal Investigators: Kaori KOMATSU(Hokkai Gakkuen University)#15H03134, Yuko SUGIYAMA(Hirosaki University)#25284171)
  • 25 Mar
  • Satoshi YOKOYAMA (Nagoya University)
    “Traditional Livelihood in Laos: Disappearing Swidden Agriculture and Changing Rural Communities under Globalizaion”
    Makoto SHIBATA (Kyoto University)
    “Nutrient Cycle in Soils under Swidden Agriculture in Cameroon”
  • 26 Mar
  • Kagari SHIKATA (Kyoto University)
    “The Relationship between Rain Forest and Human in Shifting Cultivation in Africa”
    Kaori KOMATSU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hokkai Gakkuen University) and Kenta SAKANASHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ryukoku University)
    Comments and Discussion

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(136KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 3 Dec 2016 14:00–19:00 , Sun 4 Dec 2016 9:30–13:30
  • Venue: Small Meeting Room 1, 3F Inamori Foundation Memorial Hall, Kyoto University (46 Yoshida-Shimoadachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Rethinking the History of Agriculture and Rural Societies in Africa: From the Viewpoint of Indigenous Agricultural Revolution”, Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research(Principal Investigators: Tadasu TSURUTA (Kindai University)#26300014, Hiroki ISHIKAWA(ILCAA)#15K02888)
  • 3 Dec
  • Masahiko MATSUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ritsumeikan University)
    “Agriculture and Rural Communities in Myammar and Southeast Asia”
    Hideo FUKAZAWA (ILCAA)
    “Agricultural Innovation in Rural Madagascar Over the Last 30 Years”
  • 4 Dec
  • Shuichi OHYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Future Prospect of Sahelian Agriculture Practices in West Africa”
    Futoshi KATO (Nihon University)
    “Expansion of Rice Farming and Rural Migration in Tanzania”

The 1st meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 23 Jul 2016 14:00–19:00, Sun 24 Jul 2016 9:30–13:00
  • Venue: Room 301, ILCAA
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Rethinking the History of Agriculture and Rural Societies in Africa”, Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Tadasu TSURUTA (Kindai University) Research Project Number: 26300014), Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research (Principal Investigator: Yuko SUGIYAMA (Hirosaki University) Research Project Number: 25284171)
  • 23 Jul
  • Tadasu TSURUTA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kindai University)
    “Agricultural Revolution in African History”
    Yuko SUGIYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University)
    “Local Innovation in African Rural Areas”
  • 24 Jul
  • Tatsuro SUEHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ryukoku University)
    “African Agriculture in Comparative Perspectives”
    Kazuhiko SUGIMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Fukui Prefectural University)
    “History of Civilizations and Agricultural Revolution: Reexamining the Works of Jiro Iinuma”

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