Unraveling the unsustainability spiral in sub-Saharan Africa: an agent based modelling approach
AbstractSub-Saharan Africa is trapped in a complex unsustainability spiral with demographic, biophysical, technical and socio-political dimensions. Unravelling the spiral is vital to perceive which policy actions are needed to reverse it and initiate sustainable pro-poor growth. The article presents an evolutionary, multi-agent modelling framework that marries a socio-ecological approach to a world system perspective and takes agriculture as the engine for sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. A number of possibilities for empirical validation are proposed.
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Volume (Year): 5 (2007)
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multi-agent systems; development; poverty trap; degradation; social capital; sub-Saharan Africa;
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