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date: 15 October 2019

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The market place has a very long and widespread history, predating by millennia “the market” considered as a price-making mechanism. Africa’s market places and regional trade systems developed monetary and transactional conventions over centuries before colonial rule, and then, in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries these organizations and conventions have been adapted to provisioning rapidly growing cities, and have responded to new opportunities afforded by improvements in transport and infrastructure. They have also accommodated new commodities, crops, and occupations in what the chapter refers to as a “niche economy.” The dangers for continuing market growth come from competition from artificially cheap food imports, deterioration of infrastructures, rising energy costs, or interruptions in supply, civil conflict, and possibly certain conditions of land alienation.

Keywords: marketplace, niche economy, livelihoods, gender, urban food supply, urban growth

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