Marketing West Africa’s Export Crops: Modern Boards and Colonial Trading Companies

The establishment of marketing boards in British West Africa in the 1940s was heralded at the time as a drastic, perhaps revolutionary change in the produce trade: private enterprise (a number of trading companies) had been replaced by public enterprise. The differences between the boards and these trading companies were thus inevitably highlighted. Now, forty years later, it is time to explore the opposite view and to highlight the similarities between the boards and the companies. These two kinds of organization are here depicted as commercial bridges between the African peasant farmers and the world markets. In many respects the marketing boards are the successors of the trading companies. Notes, ref.

Title: Marketing West Africa’s Export Crops: Modern Boards and Colonial Trading Companies
Author: Laan, H. Laurens van der
Year: 1987
Periodical: Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume: 25
Issue: 1
Period: March
Pages: 1-24
Language: English
Geographic term: West Africa
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/160964
Abstract: The establishment of marketing boards in British West Africa in the 1940s was heralded at the time as a drastic, perhaps revolutionary change in the produce trade: private enterprise (a number of trading companies) had been replaced by public enterprise. The differences between the boards and these trading companies were thus inevitably highlighted. Now, forty years later, it is time to explore the opposite view and to highlight the similarities between the boards and the companies. These two kinds of organization are here depicted as commercial bridges between the African peasant farmers and the world markets. In many respects the marketing boards are the successors of the trading companies. Notes, ref.