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Title:The Invasion of the Opportunity Snatchers: The Rural-Urban Interface in Northern Nigeria
Author:Meagher, KateISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:rural-urban relations
economic policy
wage policy
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Urbanization and Migration
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589000124126
Abstract:The aim of structural adjustment to increase agricultural relative to urban incomes, and to encourage a pattern of reverse migration, has not worked out according to plan. The author illustrates with evidence from a study of the rural non-farm sector in Nasarawan Doya, a grain-surplus village in Kaduna State, northern Nigeria, that rural dwellers are not able to benefit from new opportunities arising in the rural non-farm sector as a result of structural adjustment. The original study was conducted in 1996-1997. An initial section of the paper considers the inversion of the rural-urban dichotomy represented by the literature on small rural towns. This is followed by an outline of the characteristics and non-farm history of the study village. The stage is then set for a consideration of the new non-farm economic opportunities created by structural adjustment, their long-term economic potential, and the social groups in a position to exploit them. Bibliogr.