The East African Sisal Industry, 1929–1949: The Marketing of a Colonial Commodity During Depression and War

  title={The East African Sisal Industry, 1929–1949: The Marketing of a Colonial Commodity During Depression and War},
  author={Nicholas J. Westcott},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={445 - 461}
  • N. Westcott
  • Published 1 October 1984
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of African History
Sisal growing spread rapidly in East Africa during the 1920s and 1930s to become one of the most important export crops in both Kenya and Tanganyika. The sisal industry nevertheless suffered severely from the low prices and erratic commodity markets which characterized the depression. Producers blamed the merchants and merchants blamed the market, but the sisal growers began increasingly to look for ways to bring marketing under their own control in the hope of securing a better return. During… 
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