A history of tobacco production and marketing in Malawi, 1890–2010

Author: 
Prowse, Martin
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2013
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Journal of Eastern African Studies
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Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, November 2013, pp. 691-712
Abstract: 

During the past century tobacco production and marketing in Nyasaland/Malawi has undergone periods of dynamism similar to changes since the early 1990s. This article highlights three recurrent patterns. First, estate owners have fostered or constrained peasant/smallholder production dependent on complementarities or competition with estates. Second, the rapid expansion of peasant/smallholder production has led to large multiplier effects in tobacco-rich districts. Third, such expansion has also led to re-regulation of the marketing of peasant/smallholder tobacco by the (colonial) state. The article concludes by assessing whether recent changes in the industry – such as district markets, contract farming with smallholders, and the importance of credence factors – have historical precedents, or are new developments in the industry.

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CITATION: Prowse, Martin. A history of tobacco production and marketing in Malawi, 1890–2010 . : Taylor & Francis , 2013. Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, November 2013, pp. 691-712 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/history-tobacco-production-and-marketing-malawi-1890–2010-3

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