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Title:Control of traders over agriculture
Author:Steenwinkel, J.
Book title:Perspectives on development in the Sudan
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:agricultural trade
Abstract:Traders have played an important role in agricultural commercialization in Sudan. In the irrigated agricultural system practised in Matamma/Shendi, Northern Region, where traders have settled on a few larger estates, they exercise direct control over agriculture through direct investments and control over water and land, and a matching labour control system in the form of sharecropping arrangements and credit supply to the sharecroppers. In an introduction, the author presents the research problem, outlines the limits to traders' control over agriculture, and describes the geography of the research area and associated marketing aspects. Section two goes into the theory of sharecropping systems. The third section details the practice of sharecropping in Matamma, with subsections on cost sharing for seasonal crops, the cropping pattern, and the division of the crop. The fourth section examines the marketing of permanent and seasonal crops (fruits, and haricot and horse bean), and of berseem. Bibliogr., notes, ref.