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Rural Access Issues and the Supply of Urban Food Markets in Nigeria: Focus on Market Access for Smallholder Vegetable Producers on the Jos Plateau

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


This short project, conducted over a 6-month period, builds on a rural access project undertaken 10 years ago in the former mineland region of the Jos Plateau, Nigeria. It is specifically concerned with the supply of agricultural produce to urban markets and the constraints on small farmers and rural-based petty traders imposed by access problems.

The aim was to resurvey and compare market conditions and rural access in roadside and off-road market settlements of 3 districts of the Jos Plateau with those prevailing10 years earlier. Special attention was given to dry-season irrigated vegetable production. This was followed by a workshop at the University of Jos in April 2001 which brought together a range of stakeholders from the Plateau region to debate our preliminary results.


From the Department of Anthropology