Small-Scale industries in Africa
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The spread of small-scale industry, particularly in the countryside. is one of the central factors in the advancement of the developing world. The small industry can add to rural life an extra income and a variety of experience that are too often lacking in the countryside. Rural populations have received a very small share of the economic advances achieved in many countries in recent years. While educational and medical services. housing and entertainment have improved for city dwellers, country people have seen little change from the poverty and unending work that they have endured for centuries. The development of small industries can also play a great educational role in the transformation of subsistence economies into the cash economies on which development in the widest sense must depend. Through small industries many country people are now learning that the end of labor is not just food and something over to barter for a few scraps of clothing. These are some of the reasons that lead me to consider small industry as being among the most potent of the catalytic forces for the progress of the developing world.