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Title:Popular Scientist: James Jacob Machobane and Mantsa Tlala
Author:Robertson, A.F.
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic terms:Lesotho
Great Britain
agricultural innovations
biographies (form)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
About person:James Jacob Machobane (1914-)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/723168
Abstract:In the declining years of British rule, a remarkable social movement developed in the mountain enclave of Basutoland (present-day Lesotho). Its originator, James Jacob Machobane, sought to 'stamp out hunger' ('mantsa tlala') by transforming agricultural production. There were reports of a new kind of Agricultural College, expanding cadres following a new regime of intensive agriculture, and a glut of potatoes. Machobane started his programme in 1957 and it lasted until the early 1960s. This paper, which is based on a conversation with Machobane in 1983, provides a sketch, autobiographical in bias, of the Machobane system. Attention is also paid to the response of the colonial administration to Machobane's achievements and to the reasons for the collapse of the programme. Notes, ref.