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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Patterns of Market Intervention in Agrarian Africa
Author:Bates, Robert H.
Year:1983
Periodical:Food Policy
Volume:8
Issue:4
Period:November
Pages:297-304
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:economic policy
agricultural market
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0306-9192(83)90050-7
Abstract:Recent interpretations of government behaviour towards agriculture in Africa are summarised and assessed as to their credibility. With respect to the marketing of foods crops, governments are seen as intervening on behalf of organised 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. Notes, tab.
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