Source: CDTM, Dec. 2015

Since the beginning of the 2000s, an agricultural policy – the new green revolution – has been pursued in sub-Saharan Africa, the initiative of which comes mainly from the World Bank. The initial and official goals of this agricultural transformation for the countries affected by it are both to eliminate poverty and food insecurity for all populations.

While in the 1960s, a first green revolution with more than disappointing results was carried out in South America, Asia and Africa, this new green revolution is specifically focused on the latter continent. According to the World Bank, peasants must be at the center of this process and be the central actors of this new green revolution.

Within this one-year research that we will publish in two parts, we propose to analyze in depth what are really the ins and outs of this so-called “new green revolution” in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our reflection will focus particularly on small-scale farmers who still represent 90% of sub-Saharan agricultural production today.

The New Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa – Part 1 of 2 (