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Title:Urbanization and food production and marketing: the case of Lunzu market area in Blantyre, 1895-1964
Author:Chihana, Herbert N.ISNI
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
food production
Blantyre District (Malawi)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29778701
Abstract:The coming into existence of a labour market in the Lunzu area near the town of Blantyre (southern Malawi) between 1903 and 1908 stimulated the production of a wide range of foodstuffs in what became the periurban areas. A favourable relationship thus came into existence between urbanization and food production. The author examines how the two processes mutually influenced each other over time. He identifies three different periods. The first period (1895-1935) witnessed a positive response on the part of the people around Lunzu to the demand for increased food production. Factors which stimulated food production in this period included the development of Lunzu as a camp for 'amutengatenga' (head carriers), the opening up of European-owned estates, the settlement of Indian traders and the construction of the Blantyre-Salima railway line. Developments during the period 1935-1950 (epidemics, labour emigration, World War II and the colonial government's postwar soil conservation measures) had a regressive impact on the food producing capacity of the area. The production and marketing of foodstuffs was facilitated again in the period 1950-1964, due to, amongst others, the up-to-date organization of Lunzu market and improved transportation between Lunzu and Blantyre city. Bibliogr., ref.