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Safflower: liberalisation or participation in a Tanzanian village
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2012 (English)In: Ecology and power: struggles over land and material resources in the past, present, and future / [ed] Alf Hornborg, Brett Clark and Kenneth Hermele, Abingdon: Routledge, 2012, 250-261 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Safflower is a high value oil seed crop. Almost the entire production in Tanzania is exported. During the last ten years a private company has built a de facto monopoly of safflower business in the country. This paper describes the introduction of safflower to Kondoa District. Expectations were high both among farmers and agricultural staff that the crop will bring new wealth to areas currently characterised by extremely low living standards.

As the new crop entered the area the District Agricultural Office was bypassed and no independent and research based information on the crop was available locally. Risks for disappointments were imminent. This is to be expected after liberalisation of the economy and new directives in development policy. Current key concepts in development planning such as “popular participation” and “empowerment from below” helped to disguise how private capital has taken over the initiative from the agricultural administration.

In the current debate on international capital's large-scale land acquisitions the safflower case exhibits an alternative way for agribusiness to get access to land resources.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2012. 250-261 p.
, Routledge Studies in Ecological Economics, 18
Keyword [en]
Kondoa, Kwamtoro, Tanzania, Sandawe, safflower, cash crop, agriculture, development, liberalisation, land acquisition
Keyword [un]
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Human Geography; Natural Resources Management; Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-75275ISBN: 978-0-415-60146-7OAI: diva2:515472
Available from: 2012-04-13 Created: 2012-04-13 Last updated: 2016-05-17Bibliographically approved

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