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

Andersson Djurfeldt, Agnes LU ; Djurfeldt, Göran LU and Sarpong, Daniel Bruce (2014) In Geoforum 52. p.78-89
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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  author       = {Andersson Djurfeldt, Agnes and Djurfeldt, Göran and Sarpong, Daniel Bruce},
  issn         = {1872-9398},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {78--89},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Geoforum},
  title        = {Community, cohesion and context: agrarian development and religion in Eastern Region, Ghana},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.12.010},
  volume       = {52},
  year         = {2014},
}