African Agricultural Development Strategies

  • Carl K. Eicher


Three decades ago when independence was launched in SubSaharan Africa,1 there was great optimism about skipping stages of growth, catching up with the industrial countries and attaining universal primary education by 1980. Crawford Young observes that ‘it is difficult to recapture the sense of exhilaration that attended African liberation at its high-water mark in 1960, when no fewer than sixteen states achieved independence. The crumbling of colonialism seemed but a prologue to other triumphs’ (Young, 1982, p. 71). Today, a generation later, Africa is the poorest part of the world’s economy and the prevailing view of African economic development is pessimistic.


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© Frances Stewart, Sanjaya Lall and Samuel Wangwe 1992

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