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Title:Prawns and Piranhas: The Political Economy of a Tanzanian Private Sector Marketing Chain
Author:Gibbon, Peter
Year:1997
Periodical:The Journal of Peasant Studies
Volume:25
Issue:1
Period:October
Pages:1-86
Language:English
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:political economy
marketing
fish
fisheries
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03066159708438658
Abstract:This article presents the findings of research carried out in 1995/1996 on three areas of prawn fishing in Tanzania: trawler and 'artisanal' fishing off and in the Rufiji Delta respectively, and coastal 'artisanal' fishing from Bagamoyo. First a sketch is given of the local physical and socioeconomic settings which form backdrops to the development of the prawn chain. This is followed by a discussion of the macroeconomic significance of the trade. Subsequently the paper describes the divisions of labour within the marketing chains for prawn, and for the commodities which intersect with it either as inputs, services or goods which are produced and sold together with prawn. Next comes a discussion of the social character of the actors and actresses found in the trade and the structures and strategies through which they interact. This is supplemented by information on earnings and profits in the 'artisanal' chain. The findings of the study are then related to relevant theoretical debates about production forms and markets in African farming and fisheries, including contracting and sharecropping; the sources, mechanisms and effects of market power in food commodity chains; forms of enterprise development and accumulation in Africa; and issues of globalization in food commodity chains. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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