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Title:Agricultural Change and its Mechanism in the Bemba Villages of Northeastern Zambia
Authors:Kakeya, MakotoISNI
Sugiyama, Yuko
Periodical:African Study Monographs: Supplementary Issue
Geographic term:Zambia
agricultural development
External link:http://repository.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/2433/68346/1/ASM_S_6_1.pdf
Abstract:The agricultural movement in Bemba villages located in the southwestern part of the Mpika District of Zambia is examined, based on an extensive survey conducted in 1985. The author found that villagers have begun to cultivate permanent fields (called 'faamu' in Bemba) of hybrid maize for a cash crop, using chemical fertilizer, while at the same time retaining their traditional slash-and-burn way of cultivation, the 'citemene' system, 'Faamu' cultivation began to boom after 1982. To understand this phenomenon, the process of opening the 'faamu' field is described, and the statistical trend of maize production since 1980 is analysed. Finally the mechanisms involved in the acceptance of increased 'faamu' cultivation at the village level are revealed, focusing on the 'levelling mechanism', which may both deter and promote changes. Bibliogr., notes.