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Forces of Agrarian Change: Agricultural Commercialisation in Mzimba District in Northern Malawi, mid-1950s to late 1970s
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2008 (English)In: Malawi Journal of Social Sciences, ISSN 1028-298X, Vol. 20, 1-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Between the mid-1950s and late-1970s an increasing number of farmers in Mzimba district in Malawi engaged in commercial agriculture. This article investigates why they reallocated labour from migrant work to commercial agricultural production. By use of archival sources, it traces the changes to political factors that limited the households’ ability to participate in the regional labour market, which forced them to find alternative sources of income. Increased commercial production was thus driven by push-factors. Rather than been a force of change, the processes of commercialisation was limited by existing farming systems, characterized by shortage of labour and its low levels of productivity.

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Zomba: Malawi University Press , 2008. Vol. 20, 1-25 p.
Keyword [en]
Malawi, Mzimba, commercialisation, agriculture, colonialism
National Category
Agricultural Science
Research subject
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-29169OAI: diva2:229342
From form to substance: The history of agricultural extension services in Malawi
Available from: 2009-08-12 Created: 2009-08-12 Last updated: 2015-09-08Bibliographically approved

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