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Title:State Intervention and Commodity Production in Ugogo: A Historical Perspective
Author:Thiele, Graham
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Tanzania
economic development
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
Economics and Trade
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1160741
Abstract:Ultimately any overall assessment of the impact of the villagization programme carried out in Tanzania during the 1970s must rest upon detailed analyses of particular local economies. Between January 1980 and June 1981 the author did field-work in three villages which lie south of the town of Dodoma, in an area known as Ugogo and populated almost exclusively by Gogo. He analyses the impact on household production of Operation Dodoma, under which the entire population of the area was moved into large and permanent nucleated villages between 1971 and 1975. In 1971 the rural economy was largely a natural economy, that is, one in which the production of commodities for sale in a market is absent or peripheral. In 1980, partly as a result of Operation Dodoma, the position of commodity production in the local economy had changed. It was no longer a sporadic activity in which households engaged under duress before retreating into natural economy. It was a pervasive feature of economic and social life: peasant economy had displaced natural economy. Map, notes, ref., tab., French sum. p. 107 and 127.