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Title:Market Towns and Services Linkages in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Chipata, Zambia; Salima, Malawi and Chipinge, Zimbabwe
Author:Wanmali, Sudhir
Year:1991
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Volume:6
Issue:3-4
Period:August-November
Pages:267-277
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Zambia
Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:rural-urban relations
marketplaces
towns
Economics and Trade
Urbanization and Migration
urbanization
Market towns
rural development
service industries
Agricultural sector
Salima (Malawi)
Chipata (Zambia)
Chipinge District (Zimbabwe)
Abstract:On the basis of information gathered in a field survey conducted in 1987 on the service sector activities of three market towns in southern Africa - Chipata in Zambia, Salima in Malawi, and Chipinge in Zimbabwe - the author identifies the nature and composition of the relationship between the growth of market towns and the growth of their agricultural rural hinterlands. He details the demographic, functional and employment characteristics of the three market towns, describes the historical growth and spatial linkages of service sector activity, as well as the characteristics of agriculture in the rural hinterlands. Development in agriculture is found to be positively associated with service sector activities in these towns. Other systems influencing the market towns are the formal system of parastatal agencies for the marketing of agricultural and rural produce, and the system of provision of institutional and public sector activities made available through the national physical planning system. App., bibliogr., sum.
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