The World Bank in Rural Nigeria, Revisited: A Review of the World Banks Nigeria Agricultural Sector Review, 1987

Despite the fact that the World Bank’s ‘Nigeria: Agricultural Sector Review 1987’ (ASR) fails to take account of the actual conditions under which different types of farmers produce various crops, the Bank’s Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs) use the calculations of the ASR to justify their policy recommendations. This paper first exposes the failures of the ASR. Then it analyses the ADPs, which by 1986 included all the Nigerian States bar Lagos, in the following sections: phoney cost-benefit analyses – rehabilitating tree crops – palm produce and groundnuts – the costs and benefits of irrigation projects – the impact of irrigation projects – tubewells and small-scale irrigation – promoting capitalist farming – the land question – commanding labour power – freeing and protecting markets – the benefits of government intervention – the World Bank in rural Nigeria reassessed. Bibliogr., notes, ref.

Title: The World Bank in Rural Nigeria, Revisited: A Review of the World Banks Nigeria Agricultural Sector Review, 1987
Author: Williams, Gavin
Year: 1988
Periodical: Review of African Political Economy
Volume: 15
Issue: 43
Pages: 42-67
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
External link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056248808703790
Abstract: Despite the fact that the World Bank’s ‘Nigeria: Agricultural Sector Review 1987’ (ASR) fails to take account of the actual conditions under which different types of farmers produce various crops, the Bank’s Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs) use the calculations of the ASR to justify their policy recommendations. This paper first exposes the failures of the ASR. Then it analyses the ADPs, which by 1986 included all the Nigerian States bar Lagos, in the following sections: phoney cost-benefit analyses – rehabilitating tree crops – palm produce and groundnuts – the costs and benefits of irrigation projects – the impact of irrigation projects – tubewells and small-scale irrigation – promoting capitalist farming – the land question – commanding labour power – freeing and protecting markets – the benefits of government intervention – the World Bank in rural Nigeria reassessed. Bibliogr., notes, ref.