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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

Keywords

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

Areas

  • sub-Saharan Africa
  • Southeast Asia

Website

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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)

Members

Coordinator

  • Tadasu TSURUTA (Kindai University)

ILCAA Staff

  • Hideo FUKAZAWA
  • Hiroki ISHIKAWA

Joint Researchers

  • Taro ADACHI
  • 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

Outputs

Meetings

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 14 Dec 2019 14:00–18:30, Sun 15 Dec 2019 9:30–13:00
  • Venue: ILCAA Seminar room (301)
  • 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 (2)", Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (B) “Local Innovation History and Small-scale Cash Generating Activities among African Peasants” (Principal Investigator: Yuko SUGIYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University) Project Number: 18H00776)
  • 14 Dec
  • Yuko YAMANE (International Center for Research and Education in Agriculture, Nagoya University)
    “Agricultural Technical Support in Post-modern 21th Century; Based on Local Case Studies in Tanzania and Kenya”
    Koichi IKEGAMI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kindai University)
    “Localization of the Decade of Family Farming of the United Nations”
  • 15 Dec
  • Kaori KOMATSU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hokkai Gakuen University)
    “Domestication and Values on Nature”
    Yuko SUGIYAMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hirosaki University)
    “Development of Vegetable Production among the agro-pastoral Gogo in central Tanzania”
    All members
    Discussion on Future Publication

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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