Agricultural development in Belgian Congo has so far been
understudied, especially in comparison to the French and British
African empires. This project wants to use the case of scientific
parastatal INEAC (Institut National pour l'Etude Agronomique du
Congo belge) to shed light on how Belgian colonial policy and
discourse around agricultural development was formed and changed.
INEAC operated in both a scientific and a colonial context: where and
how these two contexts met and which consequences that had for
development policy, will be an important focus of this research. As
indicated in recent research, the project will focus on the relationship
between discourse and practice of development policy, with several
studies on French and British cases showing that the two are not
always as intertwined as expected. A last focus will be the evolution
from colonial to postcolonial and modern development policy, to find
out how the colonial past has influenced what came after.