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Michigan State University (1978)

THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GRAIN MARKETING AND STORAGE IN THE SAHEL

WILCOCK, DAVID CARRINGTON.

Titre : THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GRAIN MARKETING AND STORAGE IN THE SAHEL

Auteur : WILCOCK, DAVID CARRINGTON.

Université de soutenance  : Michigan State University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 1978

Résumé partiel
Weather-induced instability in domestic food grain supplies in the subsistence agricultural economies of Sahelian West Africa is the overarching, immediate problem which motivated this study. The dimensions of this problemr-exaccerbated and widely publicized during the 1968-73 regional drought-and potential solutions involving increased grain storage and improved marketing institutions and services are explored within a political economy conceptual framework. This framework applies a general theory of structural systems dependency to the particular historical and environmental conditions of West Africa. In this perspective complex coalitions of actors and institutions in the center and periphery of an evolving world economy functionally serve the interests of increasingly concentrated financial capital. In Sahelian west Africa this has led to structural underdevelopment which is characterized by rapid urbanization with high unemployment, formation of new elite classes, increasingly unequal distribution of wealth, rural stagnation and increasing dependence on foreign food as well as capital. In the future these patterns of dependence may be exaccerbated or an alternate path may be followed toward greater conomic and political independence and self-reliance. The latter option stresses rebalancing domestic production and consumption in decentralized patterns of self-generating development whose structures and incentives are consistent with the realistic promotion of stated Sahelian objectives of increasing food self-sufficiency and autonomous economic growth.

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