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AAD

Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt

Professor, pro dean

AAD

Community, cohesion and context: agrarian development and religion in Eastern Region, Ghana

Author

  • Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt
  • Göran Djurfeldt
  • Daniel Bruce Sarpong

Summary, in English

The role of community based dynamics in successful agrarian development is considered through comparing two neighbouring villages in Ghana, with similar agro-ecological conditions and market access: one, Gyedi, is a religious community and the other, Apaa, is not. While the direct role of religion in promoting agrarian development is limited, interaction with extension staff in Gyedi enables farmers to avoid problems characteristic of smallholder realities in Africa in general. Skills intensive technologies and internal market co-ordination promoted by community cohesion are key explanations for diverging development trajectories. The role of tenancy arrangements in diverging trajectories, pointing to the potential challenges for pro-poor agricultural growth strategies in other settings.

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography
  • Sociology
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Publishing year

2014

Language

English

Pages

78-89

Publication/Series

Geoforum

Volume

52

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Human Geography

Status

Published

Research group

  • Afrint team-lup-obsolete

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1872-9398