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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Political Economy of Livestock Marketing in Northern Somalia
Authors:Samatar, Abdi I.ISNI
Salisbury, Lance
Bascom, Jonathan B.
Periodical:African Economic History
Geographic term:Somalia
animal husbandry
Economics and Trade
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3601335
Abstract:This paper outlines the development, organization, and operation of livestock marketing in northern Somalia, which has gone through many changes since its inception early in the last century. It demonstrates that the structure and size of the demand of overseas export markets significantly influenced the form and function of Somali livestock marketing. Furthermore, northern Somali society was articulated to the regional mercantile economy and the global market system through the commoditization of the chief stable item in pastoral life, livestock. In turn the commercialization of livestock transformed the social and spatial configuration of northern Somali pastoralism, i.e., the emergence of a number of large intermediary social groups dependent on livestock sales without engaging in pastoral production - here termed overcirculation. One of the main findings of the research was the centrality of the pilgrim-derived demand for Somali livestock exports to Saudi Arabia. Notes, ref.