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Title:Periodic market systems and rural development: the Ibarapa case study, Nigeria
Authors:Filani, M.O.
Richards, P.ISNI
Periodical:Savanna: A Journal of the Environmental and Social Sciences
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The value of central place theory has yet to be demonstrated for answering practical questions on the significance of markets in rural development. A study of periodic markets in Ibarapa Division of the old Western State of Nigeria is described. The structure and development of the present system of markets is considered, and the patterns of movement of goods and people through the market system. An analysis is made of peoples' perceptions of the system. It is concluded that individual markets and groups of markets, especially 'bush' and 'town' markets, are as much in conflict with one another as in harmony. Effective rural development requires an infrastructure designed to remove barriers to equality. Notes, tables, figures.