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Title:Fish trade and its significance in the economic and social development of the Lake Chad region 1907-1999
Author:Imam, Muhammad Sani
Periodical:Annals of Borno (ISSN 0189-2207)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Marketing of fish has been a long-standing economic activity of the people inhabiting the Lake Chad basin in Nigeria. Fresh fish catered largely for the local market, while trade in processed (dried and smoked) fish extended beyond domestic markets to other parts of Nigeria, as well as neighbouring countries (Cameroon, Chad). Local and long-distance trade in dried and smoked fish were interdependent. Various ethnic groups were involved in the fish trade. Women played a prominent role in fish processing and trade. In nearly all centres of fish trade, the marketing structure was organized by the Fatoma (brokers, intermediaries between seller and buyer). The fish trade was further facilitated by improvements in different systems of transport and communication, over both water and land. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]