Indigenous agricultural revolution: ecology and food production in West Africa
- Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
- Richards, Paul (main author)
- Publication Date:
- International: Hutchinson, London, England; Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado
- Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
- Subject Term:
- Africa, agricultural development, concepts, decision making, development, development issues, environment, farm management, farm women, farming, farming methods, indigenous knowledge, roles, rural women, sustainability, traditional knowledge, women
- 192 pages., (p. 115) Argues that "subsistence" is misunderstood. Suggests that it specializes in low profit/low risk actions involving food production and local trade rather than high profit/high risk activity linked to urban merchants and long-distance trade routes.
(p. 116) "Academic and professional commentators on African agriculture have too often tended either to ignore female farming or to assume that it was undertaken for subsistence purposes."