'It's All Work and Happiness on The Farms': Agricultural Development between The Blocs in Nkrumah's Ghana

'It's All Work and Happiness on The Farms': Agricultural Development between The Blocs in Nkrumah's Ghana

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LAMBERT, KERI
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press
Date published: 
2018
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Journal of African History
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The Journal of African History, Vol. 60, N0. 1, 2019 pp. 25-44
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This study assesses the agricultural sector under the government of Kwame Nkrumah as a dynamic Cold War front. After Ghana's independence in 1957, Nkrumah asserted that the new nation would guard its sovereignty from foreign influence, while recognizing that it needed foreign cooperation and investment. His government embarked upon a development program with an emphasis on diversifying Ghana's agriculture to decrease her dependence on cocoa. Meanwhile, both the United States and the Soviet Union sought to establish footholds in Ghana through agricultural aid, trade, and investments. In the first years of independence, the Ghanaian state encouraged smallholder farming and American investment. Later, in a sudden change of policy, the government established large-scale state farms along the socialist model. This article brings to light the ways that Ghanaians in rural areas engaged with and interpreted the increasingly interventionist agriculture projects and policies of Nkrumah's government.

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CITATION: LAMBERT, KERI. 'It's All Work and Happiness on The Farms': Agricultural Development between The Blocs in Nkrumah's Ghana . : Cambridge University Press , 2018. The Journal of African History, Vol. 60, N0. 1, 2019 pp. 25-44 - Available at: http://library.au.int/its-all-work-and-happiness-farms-agricultural-development-between-blocs-nkrumahs-ghana