The Nigerian market: fuelling conflict or contributing to peace.

Lyon, Fergus and Porter, Gina and Adamu, Fatima and Obafemi, Lanre (2006) The Nigerian market: fuelling conflict or contributing to peace. In: Local business, local peace: the peace building potential of the domestic private sector. Banfield, Jessica and Gunduz, Canan and Killick, Nick, eds. International Alert, London, pp. 432-437. ISBN 189870273X

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Abstract

The informality of Nigeria's agricultural produce trade has the potential to promote both cooperation and conflict. The food marketing chains are complex networks extending across the country, and often involve diverse ethnic, religious and social groups. Nonetheless, there is potential for a range of trade-related issues to lead to conflict and for extra-trade tensions related to broader structural issues to spill over and erupt in trade contexts. However, market interactions and trading relationships may also facilitate reconciliation because disputing groups need to work together to secure their individual livelihoods. Moreover, market spaces are important potential mediation spaces precisely because they bring conflict related groups together, especially in boundary regions. Particular individuals - including women traders - may act as crucial "connectors" in this respect, linking diverse ethnic and other interest groups.

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Research Areas:Business School > Economics and International Development
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