Emergency Food Production in Zanzibar

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1944/1945
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Wilson, F.B
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Zanzibar has, for many years, been dependent upon imported foodstuffs to supply the main requirements of her population. The expansion of the clove industry, dating from last century, together with that of copra, led to a great reduction in subsistence farming and an ever increasing dependence upon a cash economy and the importation of food. Thus, practically all the best land is now planted to cloves and coco-nuts and, as both these crops require considerable labour, the people have become dependent upon cash wages to buy their food and other necessities of life. Only in years of poor clove harvests, when there was little money in circulation, was there any marked increase in the planting of foodcrops.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 10, pp. 93-100
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