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.
Table of Contents
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
Jane I. Guyer (born 31 December 1943) is the George Armstrong Kelly Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Hopkins, Guyer taught at Northwestern University, Harvard University, and Boston University. She has published extensively on economic development in West Africa, on the productive economy, the division of labor, and the management of money. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and serves on several international and national committees, including the International Advisory Group to the World Bank and the governments of Chad and Cameroon on the Chad–Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project, the Lost Crops of Africa panel published by the National Academy, and the Board and Executive Committee of the African Studies Association. Her research has been celebrated for her contributions not just to empirical research but theoretical discourse on several topics.