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Processes Of Agrarian Transformation: Strange Farmers, Groundnuts And The Search For New Modes Of Accumulation

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This chapter serves to place contemporary female agrarian clientelist relations into an historical context by providing a brief examination of processes of commoditization and the history of economic accumulation in The Gambia from the beginning of the nineteenth century. It focuses on the effects of the commoditization of groundnut production, which include: the intensification of agrarian production; the development of a new labour regime, the strange farmer labour system; changes in the social relations of agrarian production; and the development of alternative accumulation strategies. It explores in greater detail the nature of the change in the gender division of labour, which became more crop and less task specific, and the effects of a severe reduction in cereal production on the local economy.

Keywords: Agrarian transformation; groundnut production; political economy; strange farmer labour system; The Gambia



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