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"Leaving farmers as orphans": agricultural privatisation and reform of farmer organisations in Mali

"Leaving farmers as orphans": agricultural privatisation and reform of farmer organisations in Mali

Dougnon, Isaïe, Sanogo, Siaka, Coulibaly, Bakary, Diamoutene, Abdoul Karim and Morton, John F. (2010) "Leaving farmers as orphans": agricultural privatisation and reform of farmer organisations in Mali. Discussion Paper. Research Programme Consortium on Improving Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth (IPPG), Manchester, UK.

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Abstract

This case study explores the way in which farmers organisations in Mali have responded to sharp and rapid changes in their institutional environment. It shows how institutional reform (especially when urged or required by donors and other external agents) needs to be carefully sequenced, and based on a comprehensive understanding of existing economic, political and social arrangements and the interrelations between institutional levels. Otherwise, it runs the risk of disrupting economic activity, provoking political reaction and resistance, and compromising the purpose of reform. This case study of the institutional reforms of Mali's Office du Niger (ON) and the Compagnie Malienne pour le Developpement des Fibres Textiles (CMDT) dramatically illustrates these dangers. These reforms have been made without adequate consultation, clear communication of the intent and content of the reforms, or appropriate regard for the implications of high-level reform on local organisations and vice-versa. The response of farmers' organisations, already overburdened with responsibilities beyond their capacity, and threatened with further changes in their own legal character, has been negative and has not contributed to the design of new institutions. Understanding and anticipating the politics of organisational response to institutional change is at the heart of effective institutional reform.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: [1] This paper forms part of the IPPG Discussion Paper Series (Discussion Paper 38) [2] The research was designed by Isaïe Dougnon in collaboration with the managers of the IPPG Research Consortium and John Morton; fieldwork in the Office du Niger and the Malian cotton zone was carried out by the first four authors under the supervision of Isaïe Dougnon; this report was prepared by John Morton on the basis of written reports by Isaïe Dougnon and the other authors, and earlier reports of the IPPG Consortium.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mali, agricultural reform, farmer organisations, Office du Niger, Compagnie Malienne pour le Developpement des Fibres Textiles (CMDT)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 15:59
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3587

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