Aiding Development and Food Security: The Role of the Agricultural Sector

14 October 2010 (Block 2: The Driving Forces)


About the lecture:
A major point of criticism of the WRR Report is the lack of investment in economic and productive development, which it considers to be fundamental to all other development objectives. If indeed social and economic policies increasing labour productivity alleviate poverty and foster growth, increasing agricultural yields kills two birds with one stone. This lecture discusses the role of the agricultural sector and its potentials in fostering development.

Prof. Dr. Paul Richards
Paul Richards is a recently retired professor in Technology and Agricultural Development at Wageningen University. As a trained anthropologist Richards specialised in agricultural technologies in African farming systems, focussing on the innovative capacity of peasant farmers and attempting to understand how new technologies are deployed and used. In his work on war and conflict Paul Richards entered the debate between greed and grievance as motivation for the Sierra Leone rebel conflict. Recently his research agenda has focussed on themes in post-conflict reconcstruction, such as food security and human rights, as well as ex-combatants and agrarian transformation. Richards has advised aid and humanitarian agencies on African post-war reconstruction, demobilization and skills-training.

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