GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS AND CHALLENGES OF AFRICAN POLITICAL ECONOMY

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ABSTRACT


In this paper, we examined the impact of global food crisis on African political economy. The study was guided by the following research questions: Is the promotion of trade liberalization by the western
developed states linked to unequal development strategies of food production adopted by African states? Is there any link between global food crisis and rising international oil price? The broad objective of the study was to explore the impact of global food crisis on Africa. This study has the following specific objectives: To determine whether the promotion of trade liberalization by the Western developed states
linked to unequal development strategies of food production adopted by African states. To explore whether there is a link between global food crisis and rising international oil price. The study also relied
on the theory of interdependence as put forward by Nye. The fact is that any relationship between the highly industrialized nations and the poor states is bound to materialize into dependency rather than
interdependence. This study relied on secondary sources of data which includes published books, journals, periodicals or archival records, articles from magazines, newspapers, and internet websites dealing on global food crisis. Chapter two explored the historic causes of global food crisis. Again the study was predicated on the following hypotheses: That the promotion of trade liberalization by the western developed states is linked to unequal development strategies of food production adopted by African states in chapter three. We noted that that there is a link between global food crisis and rising international oil price, we proved this in chapter four and we concluded the study in chapter five and made some key recommendations.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title page – – – – – —- – – i
Approval page – – – – – – ii
Dedication – – – – – – – – iii
Acknowledgement – – – – – – – iv
Abstract – – – – – – – – v
Table Contents – – – – – – – vii
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION————————– 1
1.1 Background of Study—————————————————1
1.2 Statement of Problem ————————————————–3
1.3 Objective of the Study ———————————————————6
1 .4 Significance of the Study———————————————–6
1.5 Literature Review ————————————————7
1.6 Theoretical Framework—————————————– 13
1.7 Hypotheses ———————————————————————18
1.8 Method of Data Collection——————————————-18
CHAPTER TWO: HISTORICAL CAUSES OF GLOBABL
FOOD CRISIS————————————————————- 19
2.1 Anthropogenic Factors ————————————————20
2.2 Non Anthropogenic Factors ———————————-30
CHAPTER THREE: PROMOTION OF TRADE LIBERALIZATION AND UNEQUAL DEVELOPMENT
STRATEGIES OF FOOD PRODUCTION IN AFRICA—– 35
3.1 Capitalist Penetration and Food Dependence of Africa ———–35
3.2 Global Agriculture and Food Dependency in Africa ——————38
3.3 Contradictions of the Logic of Food Aid to Africa ————————————-46
CHAPTER FOUR: GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS AND INTERNATIONAL OIL PRICE———————————-54
3.1 Brief History of Fossil Fuel————————————————— 54
3.2 Causes of the Increase in Global Fuel Price ————————–56
3.3 Global Fuel Price Increase and Global Food Crisis—————— 62
CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION ————67
5.1 Summary———————————————————— 67
5.2 Conclusions——————————————————————- 69
5.3 Recommendations —————————————————-70
Bibliography—————————————————————–76

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