Urban Food Marketing and Third World Rural Development: The Structure of Producer-Seller Markets, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Urban Food Marketing and Third World Rural Development

The Structure of Producer-Seller Markets, 1st Edition

By T. Scarlett Epstein


272 pages

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Originally published in 1982. This book explores the nature of food marketing in Third World countries. Economic development invariably involves a transition from the traditional subsistence and/or barter economics to increasing participation in cash transactions. In many less developed countries this transition has been facilitated by enterprising middlemen, who provide the link between dispersed small satellite producers and urban buyers. In spite of these developments, producer-seller markets still operate in numerous countries, particularly the newly independent Pacific island states and large parts of Africa and Asia.

This book examines the phenomenon of producer-seller markets, basing the study on the situation in New Guinea. The author then uses this data to construct theoretical propositions for the marketing of various food items and examines the producer-seller market, arguing that the lack of inter-regional economic interdependence is likely to promote secessional movements, particularly in states where two or more ethnic groups exist.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. The Web of Producer-seller Markets 2. Market Settings Part 2: Market Transactions 3. Demand 4. Supply Part 3: Theoretical And Practical Implications 5. Price Formation Process  6. Food Marketing in a Developing Economy 7. Small Farmers, Increasing Food Supplies and Novel Market Structures. Appendix A. The Craft of Market Studies. Appendix B. Sellers and Buyers Schedules. Appendix C. Guidelines for Sellers and Buyers Profiles

About the Author

Trude Scarlett Epstein OBE was a social anthropologist and economist, whose work in development studies focused in particular on rural economies.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Food Supply and Policy

Reissuing works originally published between 1952 and 1999, this set provides a wide spread of scholarship on issues surrounding food provision throughout the world. The earlier books look at import and export changes during times when previous trade routes and options changed while later ones mostly consider food assistance policies, poverty and famine, and welfare. These books cover third world studies, economics, anthropology, politics, environment, agriculture and population studies as well as food and nutrition.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries