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Title:Irrigated agriculture as an archetypal development project: Senegal
Author:Waldstein, A.S.
Book title:Anthropology and rural development in West Africa
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:subsistence farming
Abstract:This paper focuses on the role of irrigated agriculture in the overall subsistence strategy of the households in the zone of Kassak in the Senegal River Delta. Particularly, it describes peasant strategies to deal with the overweening presence of the State corporation SAED (Société d'aménagement et d'exploitation des terres du Delta), arguing that the interests of SAED planners and settlers on the schemes are fundamentally opposed. The linkages with donor agencies and national institutions are the most disruptive factor to producer household subsistence strategies. If these projects were smaller, producers would have greater flexibility, and reduce their dependence on capital-intensive techniques that alienate peasant knowledge from its application to local conditions of production in light of local limitations. Notes.