Originally published in 1987, this book traces the broad outlines of urban food policy, drawing attention to the limited knowledge of regional social history. Urban food supply systems in Africa have developed very fast, in the midst of societies in which food production was not in general oriented to feeding distant populations of 'specialist consumers'. Institutional and political links had to be forged between town and country if food supply was to be cheap and predictable. This volume explores the political and material dynamics of urban food supply through 4 case studies: Kano, Yaoundé, Dar es Salaam and Harare.
1. Introduction Jane I. Guyer 2. Brittle Trade: A Political Economy of Food Supply in Kano Michael Watts 3. Feeding Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon Jane I. Guyer 4. A Century of Food Supply in Dar es Salaam: From Sumptious Suppers for the Sultan to Maize Meal for a Million Deborah F. Bryceson 5. The Development of Food Supplies to Salisbury (Harare) Paul Mosley 6. Comparative Epilogue Jane I. Guyer
Originally published between 1986 and 1989 the 8 volumes in this set reflect the research and debate surrounding many issues for the African economy, society and culture and as such make a vital contribution to effective development, both rural and urban. They re-issue key titles from the International African Library and the International African Seminars and address themes of direct relevance to contemporary Africa on topics as diverse as medicine, migration, housing, pastorialism and marriage.