The Logistical Revolution and the Changing Structure of Agriculturally based Commodity Chains in Africa

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One of the elements of the logistical revolution in the industrialised and industrialising countries has been a better coordination between transportation, storage and production. In the highly state-regulated trade and production regime existing in the African countries before the introduction of the structural adjustment policies such changes in the coordination were generally not possible. However, the liberalisation of trade and production is now resulting in processes of re-organisation and coordination, which also influences the transport sector. The purpose of this paper is to see how this process of coordination between logistics, trade and production has played itself out in African agriculture-based commodity chains.