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Title:Labor, community, and protest in Sudanese agriculture
Authors:Ali, Taisier
O'Brien, JayISNI
Book title:The politics of agriculture in tropical Africa
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:political economy
soil management
Abstract:Until the early 1950s, the great expansion in modern agriculture occured almost exclusively in the state sector. This trend was altered in the early 1950s as private pump schemes were established at an accelerated rate. Between 1952 and 1956, the total number of pump schemes more than doubled, while the area reserved for cotton production in the Blue Nile region alone almost tripled. A similar expansion took place along the White Nile where the total area under cotton increased tenfold between 1949 and 1959. The politically and economically formative role played by the expansion of these schemes, including the conflicts the process involved, is the single most important key to understanding the formation of the principal power blocs whose struggles continue to shape the Sudanese political economy to this day. Notes, ref.