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Religious faith and agricultural growth: exploring some correlations in Africa. Oxford Conference Paper

Nkamleu, Guy Blaise (2007): Religious faith and agricultural growth: exploring some correlations in Africa. Oxford Conference Paper.

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Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between religious beliefs and agricultural growth in Africa. Empirical analyses are undertaken using panel data of a representative sample of 26 countries, covering the period 1970-2000. The countries analyzed were classified into three groups; countries with a majority of Christian believers, those with a majority of Muslims and those where there are more who follow indigenous beliefs. Results generally indicate a non-neutral effect of religious on agricultural growth. The results accord with perspectives in which classic religions influence traits that enhance agricultural performance, particularly through technological progress. The conclusion draws implications from the findings and highlights areas needing further scrutiny.

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