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Improving market institutions and urban food supplies for the urban poor: a comparative study of Nigeria and Zambia: scoping phase

A research project of the Department of Anthropology, part of the Anthropology in Development and Anthropology in Development research groups.


This study is concerned with the lack of specific knowledge and understanding of formal and informal market institutions in urban Africa and their impact on urban food systems, particularly (but not exclusively) the systems which govern the marketing opportunities for informal urban and peri-urban cultivators (a widespread activity for the urban poor.) There is a wide range of highly complex formal and informal institutions that shape Africa's food marketing systems: different types of associations and self imposed rules, in addition to national legal systems that affect how trade is done. This pilot study explores how these formal and informal regulatory systems operate in two case study contexts, Jos, Nigeria and Lusaks, Zambia.


From the Department of Anthropology