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Boserup Versus Malthus Revisited: Evolution Of Farms In Northern Cote D'Ivoire

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  • Demont, Matty
  • Jouve, Philippe
  • Stessens, Johan
  • Tollens, Eric

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The literature on the evolution of farming systems in West Africa shows a large diversity of general theories on rural development. The purpose of this study is to revisit the theses of Malthus and Boserup and empirically test them on a case study of Northern Cote d'Ivoire. We have at our disposal a database spread over three agricultural seasons (1995-1998) and four villages. These villages differ strongly regarding their population density and historical genesis. The comparison between these villages permits us to track down their stage in the evolution of farming systems and to identify population pressure as a key factor of the evolution of farming systems and to identify population pressure as a key factor of the evolution process of farms. Our empirical analysis shows that boserupian and Malthusian processes coexist, rather than contrast. Labor is the key factor for escaping Malthusian mechanisms and induces Boserupian innovations that are crucial to the evolution trajectory of farms.

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  • Demont, Matty & Jouve, Philippe & Stessens, Johan & Tollens, Eric, 2004. "Boserup Versus Malthus Revisited: Evolution Of Farms In Northern Cote D'Ivoire," Working Papers 31836, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centre for Agricultural and Food Economics.
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    1. Demont, Matty & Jouve, Philippe & Stessens, Johan & Tollens, Eric, 2000. "The Evolution Of Farming Systems In Northern Cote D'Ivoire: Boserup Versus Malthus And Competition Versus Complementarity," 2000 Annual meeting, July 30-August 2, Tampa, FL 21865, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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