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By Claude Ake

Regardless of 3 many years of preoccupations with improvement in Africa, the economies of so much African international locations are still-stagnating or regressing.

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Farmers cannot limit inputs such as fertilizer and aerial pesticide spraying or the prices at which they are supplied although they bear much of the cost. Farmers are also locked into a schedule as they receive water in succession along canal lines. Each must perform operations on time. 8 As that situation suggests, the approach of the Wad al Abbas project was more oriented to improved supply through irrigation, pest controls 46 and other measures than to distributional concerns like land tenure and pricing.

24. Adedeji (1990). 25. , A joint Program of Action (1984); Financing Adjustment with Growth in SubSaharan Africa (1986-90); Africa's Adjustment and Growth in the 1980S (1989); SubSaharan Africa: From Crisis to Sustainable Growth (1989); and Adjustment in Africa: Reforms, Results and The Road Ahead (1994) 42 3 Improbable Strategies I have been arguing that the problem in Africa is not so much that development failed as that it never really began. Nonetheless, elites in power in Africa have had to make an elaborate show of seeking development.

But Taylor showed that the IMF theory strings together a set of theoretical constructssupply-determined output, substitution response, constant velocity, and the law of one price-any number of which may not be applicable in a particular historical context. If so, austerity measures will reduce output and bypass the reserve reallocation, hence reinforcing one of their major structural weaknesses. Apart from these theoretical problems, Africans fear that emphasis on market forces will perpetuate their location in the international division of labor in which they are relegated to the role of primary producers and mere consumers of manufactured goods.

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