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"The New Green Revolution for Africa and Female Farmers: A Political Ecology Critique" Talk with William Moseley, hosted by the African Studies Program

Wednesday, March 22 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

216 , Willard Building

William Moseley, Professor of Geography and Director of African Studies, Macalester College

Global philanthropy and aid organizations have increasingly framed African small scale, subsistence agriculture as the major development conundrum of the early 21st century. Female farmers are characterized as underproductive, destined to a life of poverty, and implicitly responsible for the continent’s unacceptably high levels of food insecurity. The solution, it is argued, is better incorporation into the global food economy via a value chain approach involving the use of improved inputs, better production technologies, and enhanced access to markets for the sale of production. This talk presents preliminary and unfolding research on international aid efforts in southern Mali and southwestern Burkina Faso, employing a value chain approach, that are aimed at female smallholder farmers growing sorghum and rice. The talk explores the mechanics of these initiatives, the national and local politics surrounding them, and how these efforts are being received, and acted upon, by male and female farmers.

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