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Title:Some aspects of cotton as a cash crop development in an historical perspective in Maridi district, southern Sudan
Author:Lado, C.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Geographic term:Sudan
Abstract:It has been generally conceded by most historical geographers and historians that colonial administrations introduced most parts of tropical Africa into the world exchange economy largely through the introduction of some basic cash crops. This paper highlights in an historical context the introduction of cotton as a cash crop at the regional level (in Maridi District, Southern Sudan), so as to expose the early external factors influencing peasant farming development. With data derived from production statistics (1928-1951) the interrelationship between cotton and the local socioeconomic marketing and political environment of peasant farmers is elucidated. Some remarks are made on the incorporation of cotton within the 'traditional' farming systems. It is argued that success in producing a cash crop is dependent on the relationship between that crop and the established complex of food crops and exchange mechanism. Bibliogr., ref.