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Title:The Predatory State and the Peasantry: Reflections on Rural Development Policy in Somalia
Author:Samatar, Abdi I.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Today
Period:3rd Quarter
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:rural development
Politics and Government
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4186305
Abstract:In the early 1970s the Somali Democratic Republic was hailed for its attempts to restructure its economy in order to reduce economic disparity between different social groups. Contrary to the rhetoric, however, the state structure and state authorities are a direct and immediate impediment to economic growth, economic development, and the assault on rural poverty, even more than the ecoclimatological limitations of the Somali environment. Supporting evidence is drawn from data collected during fieldwork in 1983-1984 in the northwest of Somalia, including observation of a rural development campaign implemented by the state in early 1984. Notes.