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

Prowse, Martin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1271-468X (2013) A history of tobacco production and marketing in Malawi, 1890–2010. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 7 (4). pp. 691-712. ISSN 1753-1055

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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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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
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Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2020 01:11
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 06:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76514
DOI: 10.1080/17531055.2013.805077

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