Maize and Grace: Africa's Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000
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In the metamorphosis of maize from an exotic visitor into a quintessentially African crop, in its transformation from vegetable to grain, and from curiosity to staple, lies a revealing story of cultural adaptation. That act set in motion the remarkable saga of one of the world's most influential crops--one that would transform the future of Africa and of the Atlantic world. Sometime around 1500 A.D., an African farmer planted a maize seed imported from the New World. Today, maize accounts for more than half the calories people consume in many African countries. The recent spread of maize has been alarmingly fast, with implications largely overlooked by the media and policymakers. As it unfolds, we see how this sixteenth-century stranger has become indispensable to Africa's fields, storehouses, and diets, and has embedded itself in Africa's political, economic, and social relations. McCann's compelling histor
Huang American Journal of Agricultural Economics 2006-11-01)In this concise yet comprehensive monograph, James McCann deploys his considerable skills as a synthesizer to explain how maize, despite its nutritional and environmental constraints, has come to be the dominant food crop in AfricaIn the end, what makes this book impressive is the way that it combines original fieldwork with a deep understanding of a by now formidable interdisciplinary literatureHis approach allows this important book to make a significant contribution to the new literature on the history of African crop cultivationIt will become a must-read for students
McCann is Professor of History and Associate Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University. James C.
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