Peasant Production
& Limits to Labour
Thyolo & Mzimba Districts in Malawi,
mid-1930s to late-1970s

By Erik Green
Lund Studies in Economic History, No. 35
December 2005
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 9122021302
230 pages, Illustrated, 6” x 8 ½”
$87.50 Paper Original

This is a Ph.D. dissertation. The persistence of a low productive peasant sector in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the enigmas of development research. Green approaches this crucial question by analyzing the paths of agrarian change in two contrasting cases in Malawi from the mid-1930s to the late 1970s. The two cases - Thyolo and Mzimba districts - with their differences in terms of population density, infrastructure and environmental contexts, are compared with a focus on changes in agricultural production and farming systems.

Economic History / African Studies

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