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Is a ‘green revolution’ really what Africa needs? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
September 29, 2006, 4:28 am
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, If you only have 15 mins

Grist covers Bill and Melinda Gates and Rockefeller’s launch of a new ‘green revolution in Africa’, with mixed feelings. Click here for the launch, and here for the Grist article.
They point out that “a recent report from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization on “Women and the Green Revolution” comments bluntly (if blandly) on the issues at hand. The Green Revolution delivered higher incomes to “the better-off strata of rural society,” the report states, whereas “the poorest strata have tended to lose access to income that was available before its introduction.” The study goes on: “The introduction of high-yielding varieties of rice in Asia has had a major impact on rural women’s work and employment, most of it unfavorable.“”


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