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The Role of Rural Industries in the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas of the Sudan

Abdelbagi A. Babiker
GeoJournal
Vol. 6, No. 1, The Nile Countries (1982), pp. 49-55
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41142999
Page Count: 7
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The Role of Rural Industries in the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas of the Sudan
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Abstract

The aim of the study is to evaluate the socio-economic contribution made by traditional industries in the arid and semiarid areas of the Sudan, and to assess their environmental impact. Two study areas, known for their diversified rural industries, have been chosen: the Mahmiya-Damar area as an example of riverine settlements, and non-riverine example of the Butana area (mainly El Subbagh region) in E Sudan. Rural industries in both areas were surveyed through direct interviews. A complete survey was made of the independent small industrial units, which are usually located in the markets, whilst a random-sample house survey was also carried out in both areas. In both areas the industries found have been grouped into seven classes. The survey, limited as it was in the residential areas, nonetheless revealed certain important characteristics of the production, distribution, and labour structure of the industries. It also revealed certain problems and difficulties which may lead in the end to a reduction of their role in these regions.

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