The Wheat Trap
Bread and Underdevelopment in Nigeria

Andrae, Gunilla; Beckman, Bjorn
Publisher:  Zed
Pages:  256pp   ISBN:  0-86232-521-8
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX19025

This book examines how bread, introduced as a luxury in colonial Nigeria, has become the cheapest staple food, and how Nigeria is now caught in a "wheat trap": the need to import increasing quantities of the grain, but - with failing oil revenues - a declining ability to finance them. The authors examine the oil-boom policy of unrestricted food imports and its effects on domestic food production.

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