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Göran Djurfeldt


Göran Djurfeldt is a veteran development researcher and worked extensively on India and sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of many scholarly articles and several books. His 'Structural Transformation and Agrarian Change in India' is under publication with Routledge appearing in early 2017. Co-authored with Srilata Sircar the book deals with agrarian social change over several decades and busts a number of myths about 'unchangeable rural India'.

Biography

Born in 1945, Göran Djurfeldt got his PhD from Lund University in 1975. He worked from that year to 1992 in Copenhagen and returned to Lund in 1992 where he later became a professor in Development Studies. A longer field work in Tamil Nadu in 1969-70, India provided the material for his PhD and resulted in two books written jointly with Staffan Lindberg. Another field work in Tamil Nadu in 1979-80 further enriched his field experience and made for a longer list of publications. Since the early 2000 he has done extensive research on agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Development research
    Sociology of agriculture
    Statistics and other methods of research in development studies
    Philosophy of Science

Personal Interests

    Sailing, trekking, cooking, especially South Indian vegetarian cuisine

Books

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Articles

Economic and Political Weekly 46(13). p.111-120

A Silent “Revolution”? Women’s Empowerment through Micro-Credit and Reserved Sea


Published: Oct 03, 2016 by Economic and Political Weekly 46(13). p.111-120
Authors: Lindberg, Staffan; Venkatesh B., Athreya; R., Vidyasagar; Djurfeldt, Göran and A., Rajagopal
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

One of the most significant social changes over the past 25 years in Tamil Nadu is the entry of women into the local political bodies at the village and village union levels through the 33% reservation system. Simultaneously, women are now, to a significant extent, organised in self-help groups. Through these about one-fourth of the households can access loans for small entrepreneurship or, rather more frequently, for smaller emergency/consumption loans...

Persistence of Poverty in India

Progress over the Long Haul: Dynamics of Agrarian Change in the Kaveri Delta


Published: Sep 30, 2016 by Persistence of Poverty in India
Authors: Lindberg, Staffan; Venkatesh B, Athreya; Djurfeldt, Göran; Rajagopal, A and Vidyasagar, R

The chapter describes and analyses panel data for six villages in Tamil Nadu from 1980 to 2005. It deals with agricultural change and soci-economic improvements.

Geoforum 52. p.78-89

Community, cohesion and context: agrarian development and religion in Eastern Re


Published: Sep 30, 2016 by Geoforum 52. p.78-89
Authors: Andersson Djurfeldt, Agnes; Djurfeldt, Göran and Sarpong, Daniel Bruce
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

The role of community based dynamics in successful agrarian development is considered through comparing two neighbouring villages in Ghana, with similar agro-ecological conditions and market access: one, Gyedi, is a religious community and the other, Apaa, is not. While the direct role of religion in promoting agrarian development is limited, interaction with extension staff in Gyedi enables farmers to avoid problems characteristic of smallholder realities in Africa in general...

Agriculture & Food Security 4(12). p.1-19

Drivers of rice production: evidence from five Sub-Saharan African countries


Published: Sep 30, 2016 by Agriculture & Food Security 4(12). p.1-19
Authors: Nasrin, S; Bergman-Lodin, J; Jirstroem, M; Holmquist, B; Andersson Djurfeldt, A, Djurfeldt, G
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

We analyse the drivers of rice production in Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique. We model production performance among 317 rice-growing households using multilevel and longitudinal data and discuss the role of commercial drivers, farm technology and macro-level conditions. Production lately has been more driven by processes of extensification than intensification. Our case does not give any obvious support for an Asian style Green Revolution in rice in Sub-Saharan Africa.

World Development 48. p.32-47

Geography of Gender Gaps: Regional patterns of income and farm non farm interact


Published: Sep 30, 2016 by World Development 48. p.32-47
Authors: Andersson Djurfeldt, Agnes; Djurfeldt, Göran and Bergman-Lodin, Johanna
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

Many studies stress the existence of gender based income gaps across African production systems. Contextualizing such gaps in relation to regional characteristics, production systems and nonfarm linkages challenges this.

Review of Agrarian Studies 1(2)

Designing Collective Action: Problems of Local Water Management in Tiruchi


Published: Sep 30, 2016 by Review of Agrarian Studies 1(2)
Authors: Lindberg, Staffan; A., Rajagopal; Djurfeldt, Göran; Venkatesh B, Athreya and R, Vidyasagar
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

A wide range of factors shapes irrigation institutions and collective action with regard to irrigation. They include the distribution of land across irrigation command areas and across classes, land tenure systems, access to new technology such as bore wells, the availability and cost of electricity and other energy sources for lifting groundwater, and, above all, state policies related to irrigation...

Oxford Development Studies 41(3)

Structural transformation and African smallholders: drivers and dynamics of cha


Published: Sep 30, 2016 by Oxford Development Studies 41(3)
Authors: Andersson Djurfeldt, Agnes and Djurfeldt, Göran
Subjects: Anthropology - Soc Sci, Area Studies

Using longitudinal data from 2,354 smallholder households in 103 villages in eight African countries, three processes of agrarian transformation are analysed for the period 2002 to 2008: intensification of grain production, commercial diversification from staple crops and income diversification out of agriculture. Methodologically, three multi-level, binary logistic models are used. ...