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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Rethinking History of Agriculture and Rural Society in Africa (2): From the Viewpoint of Indigenous Agricultural Revolution

Rethinking  History of Agriculture and Rural Society in Africa (2): From the Viewpoint of Indigenous Agricultural Revolution


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


  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • Southeast Asia



About the Project

In sub-Saharan Africa, policies aimed at agricultural modernization have so far been unsuccessful. African agriculture, however, has not simply stagnated but undergone several drastic changes from the colonial era up to the present-day 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 refers to this grassroots innovation as an “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 examines the history of agriculture and rural societies in modern Africa from the viewpoint of the indigenous agricultural revolution in order to gain insight into future sustainable agricultural development in Africa.

Tadasu TSURUTA, Project Coordinator
(Professor, Kindai University)



  • Tadasu TSURUTA (Kindai University)


  • Hideo FUKAZAWA
  • Hiroki ISHIKAWA

Joint Researchers

  • Taro ADACHI
  • Takako ANKEI
  • Takeshi FUJIMOTO
  • Yuichiro FUJIOKA
  • Koichi IKEGAMI
  • Kaori KOMATSU
  • Masahiko MATSUDA
  • Rumiko MURAO
  • Shuichi OYAMA
  • Chizuko SATO
  • Yasuaki SATO
  • Tatsuro SUEHARA
  • Kazuhiko SUGIMURA
  • Toshikazu TANAKA



The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(191KB)

  • Date/Time: Sat 13 Jul 2019 14:00–18:30, Sun 14 Jul 2019 9:30–13:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Language: Japanese
  • 13 July
  • Yuko SUGIYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University)
    “Innovation as a Social Process; A Case of the Bemba”
    Tadasu TSURUTA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kindai University)
    “Agricultural Revolution and Innovation in Africa: Reexamining Sugiyama's Innovation Theory”
  • 14 July
  • All members
    Discussion on Agricultural Revolution and Innovation in Africa
    All members
    Discussion on Future Publication

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