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Success and Failure of European Settler Farming in Sub-Saharan Africa

Frankema, Ewout LU ; Green, Erik LU and Hillbom, Ellen LU (2013) Swedish Economic History Meeting, 2013
Abstract
This paper ties into the growing literature on the long-term economic implications of historical European settlement, by arguing for the need to properly address the role of indigenous agency in endogenously evolving settlement processes. We develop three comparative case-studies in West, East and Southern Africa to show that the success or failure of European settler farming depended crucially on colonial government policies arranging access to local land and labour resources. These policies, in turn, were shaped by the clashing interests of African smallholders and (would be) European planters, in which colonial governments did not necessarily abide to settler demands, as is often assumed.
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Africa, colonial era, cash crop
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Swedish Economic History Meeting, 2013
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  abstract     = {This paper ties into the growing literature on the long-term economic implications of historical European settlement, by arguing for the need to properly address the role of indigenous agency in endogenously evolving settlement processes. We develop three comparative case-studies in West, East and Southern Africa to show that the success or failure of European settler farming depended crucially on colonial government policies arranging access to local land and labour resources. These policies, in turn, were shaped by the clashing interests of African smallholders and (would be) European planters, in which colonial governments did not necessarily abide to settler demands, as is often assumed.},
  author       = {Frankema, Ewout and Green, Erik and Hillbom, Ellen},
  keyword      = {Africa,colonial era,cash crop},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Success and Failure of European Settler Farming in Sub-Saharan Africa},
  year         = {2013},
}