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Dr. Carl K. Eicher

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Professor Emeritus

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Michigan State University
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Lansing , Michigan 48912
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  • doctorate , economics
    Harvard University
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African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AFJARE) : : Editorial Board, 22 Nov 2010 [cached]
4. Carl Eicher, Michigan State University, USA
SOUTH AFRICA BULLETIN, 25 Mar 2004 [cached]
At a recent Pretoria conference, Professor Carl Eicher, professor emeritus at Michigan State University in the United States presented an over-view of the last fifty years of agriculture in Africa.Donor fatigue has set in with regard to African agriculture, because results are simply not there.Africa has moved from experiencing occasional drought-induced food shortages to a "long-term structural food-deficit position", according to Eicher.
The biggest mistake made during the early post-colonial period was to imagine that Africa could be "fixed" by imposing Western systems on the new nations, and then waiting for them to succeed.The goal, according to Eicher, was to transform Africa from agrarian societies into industrial nations.Grandiose projects were introduced, but most of them failed due to wars, internecine struggles, corruption, poor leadership, incompetence and the will to work, were not obliterated through the Western systems.The Marshall plan for Africa didn't work
In the early seventies, donors poured billions of dollars into rural development projects, but the rural poor stayed poor.Dr. Eicher talks of "thousands of failed rural development projects".Research conducted by the World Bank concluded that most foreign aid had "gone down the drain".More so-called food security initiatives (FSI) were launched, focusing on increasing smallholder productivity as a cornerstone of food security.
As the poor became poorer, "poverty alleviation:" became the focus of aid agencies in the 1990s. (In the new millennium, famine has become the issue!).
Agriculture still accounts for 70% of rural employment in Africa, while Africa's food-aid dependence is increasing, according to Dr. Eicher.
Elements and Issues of Food Security - World Food Day USA, 11 April 2006 [cached]
In 1986, Carl K. Eicher, an Agricultural Economist at Michigan State University, wrote that "In the long run, given appropriate policies and investments in the prime movers of African agriculture - human capital, agricultural research, bio-physical capital, and strengthened rural institutions - most countries have the physical capacity to feed themselves" 1 In the last twenty years, however, Professor Emeritus Eicher observes that thinking has shifted to achieving food security.
1. Eicher, Carl K. "Strategic Issues in Combating Hunger and Poverty in Africa," Robert Berg and Jennifer Whitakers, eds., Strategies for African Development, Berkeley, l986, p.268.
2. Eicher, Carl K. University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural Economics Michigan State University.Communication [to V. Coifman] March 29, 2005.
Center to host talk on agricultural expansion, 11 Sept 2002 [cached]
The African Studies Center will host a Brown Bag Series discussion titled "Privatizing Agricultural Extension in Africa: Insights from Mozambique," featuring speaker Carl Eicher.
Yacob Fisseha, assistant director at the African Studies Center, said Eicher is an expert on African agriculture.
In 1961, Eicher earned a doctorate at Harvard University in economics, and later joined MSU's Department of Agricultural Economics and African Studies Center.In 1992, he was appointed as a distinguished professor at MSU.
He retired from MSU in 2000, and is currently working as a consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Mozambique.
This Brown Bag discussion is a part of a year-long series sponsored by the African Studies Center.
Economic and Social Department - Seminar Series, 18 Feb 2001 [cached]
Seminar on 12 March 1998 by Carl K. Eicher , University Distinguished Professor , Department of Agricultural Economics , Michigan State University.
Since independence was launched in Sub-Saharan Africa in the late fifties , agriculture has been the Achilles Heel of virtually every new nation's plan to develop a modern economy and catch up with industrial countries by the year 2000.Moreover , because of the failure of premature industrialization programs to accelerate economic growth and employment , the continent's economic and political future remains critically dependent on mobilizing the energy of its 50 million small-scale family farms.Today the agricultural sector accounts for 30 percent of GDP , 40 percent of exports , and 70 percent of employment in Africa.However , because of low agricultural productivity , the agricultural sector is not performing its essential roles in stimulating economic growth , earning foreign exchange , providing jobs and feeding a growing population.
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