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Title:Market Towns and Agriculture in Africa: The Role of Small Urban Centres in Economic Development
Author:Rondinelli, Dennis A.
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly
Period:February and May
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:rural-urban relations
agricultural production
small towns
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:This article examines the roles of towns and cities in regions of African countries with different agricultural production characteristics: regions where agriculture is still at a low-surplus or subsistence level; regions in transition to commercial agricultural production; and regions with large cities and metropolitan areas. Although rapid urbanization is often considered to be undesirable in many African countries, cities and towns even of small size can facilitate agricultural production and stimulate the growth of enterprises and jobs related to agricultural marketing, processing and exchange. Market towns and small cities in Africa play important roles in linking rural areas with urban markets. The expansion of these urban-rural linkages is crucial for economic development. International assistance organizations and governments in African countries can influence both the pattern of urbanization and the pace of agricultural development by investing in services, infrastructure, and productive activities in market towns with growth potential. Ref.