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Title:Parallel Trade and Powerless Places: Research Traditions and Local Realities in Rural Northern Nigeria
Author:Meagher, KateISNI
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:agricultural trade
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43658375
Abstract:In the past decade, two developments have contributed to increased research interest in parallel trade in West Africa: the first is the intensification of parallel activities in the context of structural adjustment programmes, the second is the revival of interest in African integration in response to the formation of large trading blocs in other parts of the world. Parallel trade in agricultural commodities is increasingly seen as a force for liberalization and market integration. It is believed to contribute to the development of rural society by raising producer incomes and encouraging agricultural investment. However, the dominance of research based on the experience of francophone West African countries has tended to bias parallel trade research, while there has been no significant empirical research on parallel trade within Nigeria. The evidence from studies carried out between 1990 and 1994 in three northern Nigerian villages, Danyashe, Rogo and Unguwan Dinya, selected to represent a range of agroecological zones and farming systems, shows that structural features severely limit the ability of poorer farmers to derive benefits from parallel trade. On the contrary, market liberalization appears to raise the stakes of economic participation, and even of subsistence, thereby further disenfranchising already powerless rural groups. Bibliogr., sum. in French.