Development Theory and Reality: The World Bank in Northern Ivory Coast

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The ‘complementarity thesis’ is that food production will benefit from the promotion of an export crop. Critics of this thesis maintain that export crops compete with food crops. Bassett argues that outcomes can only be understood in the light of the specific agrarian and political-economic contexts in which such policies may be applied. The case of cotton in northern Ivory Coast demonstrates the issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-59
Number of pages15
JournalReview of African Political Economy
Issue number41
StatePublished - Sep 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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