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Is smoking and clothing doing any good for Mozambique: a study of cashcrops and its effects in northern Mozambique
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The question of the cultivation of cash crops in Africa south of Sahara has long been debated. We have examined the situation of cash crop cultivation for the peasant of northern Mozambique. What factors are needed for a peasant to be able to choose to cultivate cash crops and what are the effects on the peasant’s situation when cultivating cash crops? With help from James C. Scott’s theories about food security and the safety first principle see how the possibilities are for the peasant to grow cash crops.

By using the Lewis two-sector model we have examined the possibilities for a peasant of northern Mozambique abilities to make the transition from the agricultural sector to the industrial sector. We found this model insufficient to explain the transition of labour in the Mozambican society. The model needs two additional sectors to fully explain the transition in Mozambique. These sectors, cash crop and semi-industrial, are needed because the transition is too far in terms of productivity and technology. An extensive cash crop production is therefore important for the economic development. We have also found that food security is important for the peasants in order to start growing cash crops.

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2007. , p. 42
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Rapportserie: Institutionen för samhällsvetenskap, Växjö universitet
Keywords [en]
Tobacco, Cotton, Cash Crop, Mozambique, Agriculture, Lewis two-sector model, Food Security
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-1718OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-1718DiVA, id: diva2:205563
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Available from: 2007-11-29 Created: 2007-11-29 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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