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Patterns of market intervention in agrarian Africa

Authors
Journal
Food Policy
0306-9192
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
8
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0306-9192(83)90050-7
Keywords
  • Market Intervention
  • Agricultural Prices
  • Africa
Disciplines
  • Agricultural Science
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract The article summarizes recent interpretations of government behaviour toward agriculture in Africa and assesses their credibility. With respect to the marketing of food crops, governments are seen as intervening on behalf of organized urban interests; for cash crops, they are viewed as manipulating prices in order to tax, both to collect public revenues and to redistribute purchasing power to consumers of imports. Such interpretations seek to account for the generally Draconian nature of agricultural prices.

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