The Wheat Trap
Bread and Underdevelopment in Nigeria
Andrae, Gunilla; Beckman, Bjorn
Pages: 256pp ISBN: 0-86232-521-8
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX19025
This book examines how bread, introduced as a luxury in colonial Nigeria, has become the cheapest staple food, and how Nigeria is now caught in a "wheat trap": the need to import increasing quantities of the grain, but - with failing oil revenues - a declining ability to finance them. The authors examine the oil-boom policy of unrestricted food imports and its effects on domestic food production.