Africa, Tropical Timber, Turfs, and Trade

Africa, Tropical Timber, Turfs, and Trade : Geographic Perspectives on Ghana's Timber Industry and Development

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This book examines development issues, particularly spatial integration, in Sub-Saharan Africa regarding its tropical timber trade, and the related formal-informal operational turf creation, control and dynamics. Focusing primarily on Ghana, it examines the scramble to control the timber trade by various political and socio-economic interests, from the colonial to the neo-liberal era, and identifies and distills lessons from Ghana's experience for Development policy and practice in Africa and comparable Developing countries in the 21st Century.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 282 pages
  • 160.02 x 226.06 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739174010
  • 9780739174012

About J. Henry Owusu

J. Henry Owusu is a development geographer and an associate professor at the Geography Department, University of Northern Iowa.
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Review quote

Owusu's book addresses an urgent need for in-depth studies of the commercial forestry industry in Africa. His incisive analysis demonstrates how Ghana's domestic forest-based economy was undermined and its forest resource base depleted as a result of structural adjustment policies that targeted forests as a quick-fix "cash cow" for debt repayment. -- Robert Stock, University of Winnipeg Using the timber industry and its role in national development, this book critically discusses the paradox of Africa's underdevelopment in the midst of her abundant natural resources. It is comprehensive in its scope and serves as an important resource and reference material on the exploitation of Africa's tropical timber resources and trade, and the implications for national development. It discusses the role of development theories, geographical concepts of space, colonialism, imperialism and informal economies in the timber industry's changing markets. In this regard, the book fills an important gap that has not been addressed in Africa's development literature. -- Seth Appiah-Opoku, University of Alabama Owusu's book contributes to our understanding of the dynamics, processes and relations pertaining to tropical forests and timber sectors in Africa and, particularly, raises our awareness of the impact of SAPs and the role of international economic processes and powers in contributing to shaping forest policy choices The Journal of Modern African Studies
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Africa, Turfs and Trade: Theoretical and Historical Framework Chapter 2: Turf Establishment and the Development Process: Structural Foundations of Ghana's Timber Industry Chapter 3: Independence, Instability and Contested Turfs: Structural Changes in the Timber Industry Chapter 4: Turf Reclamation Strategies: Neo-Liberalism and the Timber Industry Chapter 5: Turf Recapture and Consolidation for the Timber Trade: Ghana's Economic Recovery Program Chapter 6: Structural Adjustment, the Timber Trade and Turf Degradation: Political Convenience and Desperate Deforestation Chapter 7: Turf Dynamics and Conflicts, The Timber Trade and Spatial Integration Chapter 8: Debt, Dependence, Turf Control and Ghana's Economy Chapter 9: Conclusions and Lessons for Twenty-First Century Africa
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