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Farmers and Markets in Tanzania: How Policy Reforms Affect Rural Livelihoods in Africa (Paperback)
  • Farmers and Markets in Tanzania: How Policy Reforms Affect Rural Livelihoods in Africa (Paperback)

Farmers and Markets in Tanzania: How Policy Reforms Affect Rural Livelihoods in Africa (Paperback)

Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 01/09/2002
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The role of African agriculture in global markets and the role of agriculture in national economies have changed profoundly since the 1980s. Economic reforms have forced the withdrawal of the state from agricultural markets. Livelihoods have become increasingly commercialised. Rural households are restructuring the ways they manage their economic activities and transforming their social relations. This book's theoretical and empirical material will interest policymakers, development practitioners and scholars of development studies, political economy, economics, political science, and sociology. Tanzania: Mkuki na Nyota

Publisher: James Currey
ISBN: 9780852551684
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

This book provides an engrossing read. Clearly written, well structured and empirically strong, the author provides a careful review of the impact of structural adjustment and economic liberalization policies on rural smallholder farming villages. His two Tanzanian case study districts offer interesting contrasts as regards transport/market accessibility and crop mixes, demonstrating some of the variation, as well as many of the striking commonalities that have surfaced in rural Africa in the wake of the international financial institutions' (IFI's) continental-wide implementation of SAP. It is very clear from the outset of the book that the author aspires to more than a detailed case study. He has used the Tanzanian case studies to illustrate a general argument about continental policy reform and marketing structures. - Deborah Fahy Bryceson, African Studies Centre, Leiden This well-researched and cogently argued book is important both for its empirical contents and its methodical approach. This is one of the rare analyses that really helps one to get to grips with what may have happened on the ground. It is also a living testimony for why we need to continue to try to laboriously build up multidisciplinary development and area studies despite the bouts of frustration we are bound to experience with them. - Juhani Koponen in AFRICA 74 ...recommended to a wide audience interested in agrarian change and household livelihoods in Africa. - Carlos Oya in THE JOURNAL OF AGRARIAN CHANGE

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