Agricultural Policy: Strategies, Challenges and Global Implications


Youssef Lee (Editor)

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: TEC003080

This book consists of five chapters that focus on recent agricultural policy. Chapter one argues that adaptation and households’ responses to changes in the environment are complicated by the fact that human actions do not occur in a social vacuum and are often mediated by a variety of historical and social factors, which are socially embedded. Chapter two explores the significance of wage employment to rural livelihoods and how the enduring formal unemployment crisis, witnessed since the 1990s, has affected peasant agriculture. Based on an application of Mancur Olson’s collective action approach, chapter three draws attention to the role of Northern development NGOs in advancing agricultural protectionism. Using Malawi as a case study, chapter four contributes to the contemporary debates on the youth employment challenge, particularly those centered on the potential role of agriculture in solving youth unemployment, accelerating economic growth, and accelerating intra-continental trade. Chapter five provides a brief scrutiny of major issues in agricultural policy analysis aiming at contributing to informed policy debate in this subject area.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Socio-Cultural Limits to Adaptation: Small-Farm Households, Agricultural Practices and Changing Natural Environment in North-Western Zimbabwe
Vusilizwe Thebe
Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Pretoria, Hatfield, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

Chapter 2.
The Significance of Wage Employment and the Enduring Unemployment Crisis and its Effects on Peasant Farming in Zimbabwe
Moffat Chiba, PhD
Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

Chapter 3. Northern Development NGOs as Special Interest Groups: How the Smallholder ‘Idea’ Promotes Agricultural Protectionism
Andrea Franc¹ and Stefan Mann²
¹University of Lucerne, Switzerland,
²Agroscope, Ettenhausen, Switzerland

Chapter 4. Accelerating the Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA): Rethinking Youth and the Agriculture Question in Malawi
Elizabeth H.L. Shawa-Mangani, PhD
Postdoc Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Humanities, Development Studies, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

Chapter 5. A Cursory Glance on Agricultural Policy Analysis in a Changing Landscape
Samir Mili
Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography (IEGD), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain


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