Peasants and coffee-export: a coffee-exporting region in Tanzania - a distorted economic structure and stagnating agriculture
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Boesen, Jannik;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa. African Institute for Economic Development and Planning(IDEP);
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In his recent hook, "How Europe underdeveloped Africa," WaIther Rodney analyses the two main types of incorporation of the African peasant into the colonial economic system. One is typical for the mining industry and estate agriculture, where raw materials for export to Europe are produced by large foreign owned companies, employing African migrant laborers, often from distant underdeveloped regions. The other type is the promotion of export crops within African peasant agriculture itself, which is often regarded as a, more development oriented way to incorporate the African peasant in the colonial economic system. This paper tries to analyse the development trends in West Lake Region in Tanzania, the economy of which is dominated by export of coffee produced by small-scale African agriculture. Because of the intense involvement of most of its population in export-production and thereby in the cash economy the Region is normally regarded as one of the more prosperous areas in East Africa, it may also be seen as one example of the development potential inherent in this type of incorporation into the international trade system.
Citation“Boesen, Jannik; United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa. African Institute for Economic Development and Planning(IDEP) (1973-09). Peasants and coffee-export: a coffee-exporting region in Tanzania - a distorted economic structure and stagnating agriculture. Dakar. © UN. IDEP. ”
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