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Agricultural Marketing in Tropical Africa

Contributions of the Netherlands, 1st Edition

Edited by H. Laurens van der Laan, Tjalling Dijkstra, Aad van Tilburg


240 pages

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First published in 1999, this volume explores how African agriculture has always had a strong appeal for the people of the Netherlands. This is due to (1) a long-established interest in tropical agriculture going back to the days when Indonesia was a Duth colony; (2) a broad-based desire to help the Third World; and (3) the view that Tropical Africa is highly dependent on agriculture.

As practical expertise in Africa and systematic research on African agriculture grew, specialization became both possible and necessary. This volume reflects the specialization in marketing which has been welcomed by economists, geographers and scholars of agricultural marketing. In addition to a general introductory chapter, this book includes five contributions on staple food grains, two on export crops, two on cattle and one on horticulture. Nine of the chapters are country-specific, covering Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cȏte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia.

Table of Contents

1. Agricultural Marketing in Tropical Africa: Obstacles to Systematic Study. H. Laurens van der Laan. 2. Maize Marketing Policies in Tanzania, 1939-1998: From Basic Needs to Market Basics. Deborah Fahy Bryceson, Pekka Seppälä and Marja-Liisa Tapio-Biström. 3. Maize Marketing in Kenya, 1976-1996: Liberalization and Food Security. Henk Meilink. 4. Food Grain Marketing in Burkina Faso Since 1970: the Challenge of Food Security. Andries Klaasse Bos, Clemens Lutz and Boubié Bassolet. 5. Cocoa Marketing in Ghana and Cameroon: The Effects of Structural Adjustment and Liberalization. Ali de Jong and Annelet Harts-Broekhuis. 6. The Coffee Sectors of Cȏte d’Ivoire and Costa Rica: National and Global Aspects of Competitiveness. Wim Pelupessy. 7. Primary Rice Marketing in North-West Sierra Leone: Market and Non-Market Transactions. Aad van Tilburg and Inge Hamming. 8. Maize and Bean Marketing in Benin: The Peasant Farmers’ Choice of Marketing Outlet. Lineke van Bruggen and Aad van Tilburg. 9. Horticultural Marketing in Kenya: Why Potato Farmers Need Collecting Wholesalers. Tjalling Dijkstra. 10. Cattle Marketing in Zambia, 1965-1995: Policies, Institutions and Cattle Owners in Western Province. Henk A.J. Moll and Désirée C.E. Dietvorst. 11. Cross-Border Cattle Marketing in Sub-Saharan Africa since 1900: Geographical Patterns and Government-Induced Change. Leo de Haan, Paul Quarles van Ufford and Fred Zaal.

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