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A Claim to Land by the RiverA Household in Senegal, 1720-1994$
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Adrian Adams and Jaabe So

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201915.001.0001

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Paris (1968–1973)

Paris (1968–1973)

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A Claim to Land by the River

Adams Adrian

So Jaabe

Oxford University Press

In 1968, the year Jaabe So went back to France, Senegal exported mainly groundnuts, and imported foodstuffs, consumer goods, fuel, and equipment, almost exclusively for urban use. Deriving almost half its revenue from customs duties on imports, the government sought to maintain exports, rather than reduce imports. The Dakar International Fair was created to attract capital investment. Investment in tourism was welcomed. The U.S.-based corporation which set up BUD-Senegal, a large export-oriented market-gardening scheme, received major tax concessions; as did the French corporation which set up the Compagnie Sucrière Sénégalaise at Richard-Toll in the lower Senegal River Valley. After 1968, farmers left the delta in increasing numbers, and plans for bringing further surfaces under cultivation were suspended. The drought intensified, and ever greater numbers of men left to seek work in France, even though conditions for African workers in France were steadily worsening. In 1972, the River Valley suffered total crop failure.

Keywords:   Jaabe So, France, Senegal, Dakar International Fair, BUD-Senegal, Compagnie Sucrière Sénégalaise, Senegal River Valley, imports, exports, drought

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