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Neoliberal Policy Reform and Food Security in West Africa. William Moseley, April 2015

Neoliberal Policy Reform, Rural Livelihoods, and Urban Food Security in West Africa: A Comparative Study of the Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali

April 13, 2015, at 12:00 noon
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop

A talk by William Moseley, Geography, Macalester, with comments by Tracey Deutsch, History; Emily Hoover, Horticulture; and Rachel Schurman, Sociology.

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High food prices in 2007-08 touched off food riots around the world, with urban West Africa arguably suffering more disturbances than other world regions. Urban Mali was spared the worst of this crisis because the country produced more of its own rice and the poorest consumers shifted from rice to sorghum, a grain whose production increased steeply as cotton production collapsed. Dr. Moseley’s work seeks to understand this crisis by exploring the impacts of the first Green Revolution and neoliberal policy reform on the global food system and by examining the relationship of the rice sector to other crops. While market reforms were intended to improve food production, the net result was an increasing reliance on imported rice.

This event was organized by the Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Food Studies, which seeks to realize the unique potential of the land-grant university to enable dialogue and collaboration among scholars working with issues around food and agriculture from disparate disciplinary perspectives.

Prof. Moseley has been interviewed twice by the Bat of Minerva, and also spoke in 2011 on “China’s Green Revolution and African Agricultural Development“. Prof. Deutsch has also been interviewed by the Bat.

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