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The Political Ecology of Agricultural History in Ghana
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Authors: Michael O’Neal Campbell (Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada) 
Book Description:
This book takes an incisive, political ecology perspective of the development of agriculture in the West African nation of Ghana (formerly the British colony of the Gold Coast), focusing on agricultural, socio-cultural, economic, political and environmental issues during the pre-colonial (pre-16th century), colonial and post colonial periods (after 1957, up until 1992, the start of the last Republic). This integrated approach for the study of agricultural development and environmental change is very relevant to the Ghanaian context. Here, complex historical, political and socio-cultural factors have been combined, within a fairly short period, to contribute to an environmental metamorphosis. A complicated mosaic of indeterminate vegetation climaxes, such as depleted and secondary forests, derived savanna and savanna woodland, has gradually replaced the primeval rain forest, deciduous forest and savanna. Problems include soil erosion and desertification risk. This, largely due to human agency, is explainable by examining the political and economic relations behind the resource exploitation methods devised by the different actors in the political, economic and social system. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents:
Preface pp. i-xii

List of Figures


Part I. Political Ecology: Theoretical and International Issues pp. 1-2

Chapter 1. Political Ecology, its Roots and Complements, and International Environmental Issues pp. 3-12

Chapter 2. The Physical Bases of Traditional Agriculture in West Africa pp. 13-22

Part II. Ghana as a Case Study pp. 23-24

Chapter 3. Traditional Agriculture in the Pre-Colonial Period pp. 25-38

Chapter 4. The Colonial Period and the Agricultural Transition to Cash Cropping pp. 39-60

Part III. The Post Independence Period and the Impact of Development Models on Agricultural and Environmental Systems in Ghana pp. 61-62

Chapter 5. Development Planning in the 1950s and 1960s: Industrialisation and Agricultural Modification pp. 63-70

Chapter 6. The Period of Socio-Economic Decline: 1970 to 1984 pp. 71-78

Chapter 7. Environmental Policy and Institutions in the 1980s and 1990s pp. 79-90

Chapter 8. Gender Issues and Agro-Environmental Systems in Ghana pp. 91-104

Conclusions pp. 105-106

Bibliography and References pp. 107-144

Appendices pp. 145-156

Index pp. 157-168

      African Political, Economic, and Security Issues
      Agriculture Issues and Policies
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2013
   Pages: 180, 7x10 - (NBC-C)
   ISBN: 978-1-62417-276-2
   Status: AV
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