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Title:The Malian Cattle Industry: Opportunity and Dilemma
Author:Stryker, J. Dirck
Year:1974
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:12
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:441-457
Language:English
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:meat
food supply
exports
Bibliography/Research
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159943
Abstract:Mali is today faced with a unique opportunity to develop its rural economy. The rapid expansion of demand for beef in some of the coastal regions of West Africa has recently caught up with the available supply from the interior, and cattle prices have increased dramatically. Consequently, there is enormous incentive for interior regions to find new ways of increasing production. However, the real income of the employees in Mali has steadily eroded since 1960 because of rising prices. The expansion of demand to the south has caused cattle to be shifted from Mali's urban markets towards the export trade. So action taken to solve the problem of meat shortages and high prices by restricting trade may well inhibit development over the longer term. This dilemma is analysed in this article within the context of the recent political and economic history of Mali. Sections: Background - The cattle sector - Mali's opportunity and dilemma. Notes; tables.
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