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Title:The United Fruit Company in the 1950's: Trusteeships of the Cameroons
Author:Heinzen, Barbara J.
Year:1983
Periodical:African Economic History
Volume:12
Pages:141-156
Language:English
Geographic term:Kamerun
Subjects:agroindustry
bananas
Economics and Trade
international relations
colonialism
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3601321
Abstract:During the 1950s, the United Brands Company, then known as the United Fruit Company and operating through its British (Elders and Fyffes) and French (Compagnie des Bananes) subsidiaries, was involved in the export of bananas to Britain and France from what were two separate United Nations Trustee-: ship territories: the British Cameroons and the French Cameroons. Apart from the political division, however, the plantation regions where the bananas were grown showed no essential differences, geographically or socially. Thus a case study of the postwar development of the banana trade in the two Cameroons and of the different roles which were taken by the United Fruit Company subsidiaries offers an opportunity to assess the importance of the political factor and to judge the relative impact on local company operations of respectively the parent multinational and the host country. Fig., notes.
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