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"Rubber will not keep in this country": Failed development in Benin, 1897-1921

Fenske, James (2011): "Rubber will not keep in this country": Failed development in Benin, 1897-1921.

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Abstract

Although Nigeria's Benin region was a major rubber producer in 1960, the industry developed slowly. The colonial government encouraged rubber production from 1897 until 1921, when it abandoned the industry as a failure. I explain why rubber did not take hold in this period. The government was unable to protect Benin's rubber forests from over-exploitation. Expatriate firms were reticent to invest in plantations, and private African plantations remained small to 1921. The colonial government promoted the development of ``communal'' plantations, but these suffered from labor scarcity, a weak state, limited information, and global competition.

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