The Agrarian Question in the Neoliberal Era

The Agrarian Question in the Neoliberal Era

Primitive Accumulation and the Peasantry
Sam Moyo, Utsa Patnaik


Food security and asset possession of small producers in developing countries has been severely undermined over many years. The old primitive accumulation of capital – by seizing resources from colonies – was only temporarily halted by independence struggles. Today the advanced capitalist world, whose large scale agriculture cannot meet its own consumption needs, angles to control the superior productive capacity of developing countries for both food and agrofuels. Monopolistic control of food distribution, increased prices of foods and farm inputs, and transnational capital's concessioning of land for food and agrofuel production have created a new scramble for land.

At the same time neoliberal reforms have increased unemployment, deepened debt, led to land and livestock losses, reduced per capita food production and decreased nutritional standards. The dominant response to this agrarian crisis has been to reinforce the incorporation of the peasantry into volatile world markets and to extend land alienation, increasing import dependence.

This book shows how the peasantry's increasingly active resistance has the potential to undermine political stability in third world countries.

Patnaik argues that generating livelihoods and genuine development for the majority demands the encouragement of labour-intensive petty production, a rethinking about which agricultural commodities are produced, the redistribution of the means of food production and increased social investment in rural development. Food sovereignty requires policies that defend the land rights of small producers. Voluntary co-operation will permit economies of scale, higher productivity and incomes, and allow the mass of the people to live their lives with dignity.

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Title The Agrarian Question in the Neoliberal Era
Subtitle Primitive Accumulation and the Peasantry
Authors Sam Moyo, Utsa Patnaik
Preface by Issa G. Shivji
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
BISAC Subject Heading SOC055000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food
BUS069020 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BIC Subject Heading KCM Development economics
TVF Sustainable agriculture
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Higher education, undergraduates, postgraduates
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 13 October 2011
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: TVF      93 Thema subject category: KCM
Includes Index; Bibliography
Format Paperback
Nb of pages VI - 90 p. Index . Bibliography .
ISBN-10 0-85749-038-9
ISBN-13 978-0-85749-038-4
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780857490384
Reference no. 978-0-85749-038-4
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780857490391
Publication Date 13 October 2011
Main content page count 90
Front matter page count (Roman) 6
Dimensions 12.9 x 19.8 cm
Weight 159 gr
List Price £8.95
Format PDF
Nb of pages VI - 90 p. Index . Bibliography .
Product Detail PDF
ISBN-10 0-85749-039-7
ISBN-13 978-0-85749-039-1
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780857490391
Reference no. 978-0-85749-039-1
Related Formats Epublication based on (print product) GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780857490384
Publication Date 13 October 2011
Main content page count 90
Front matter page count (Roman) 6
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages Index . Bibliography .
Reference no. BUNPDF9780857490384
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