TitleNatural-Resource Prices, Export Policies, and Deforestation – the Case of Sudan
AuthorsLarson B. A., Bromley D. W.
PublicationWorld Development. 1991 Oct; 19(10):1289-1297.
AbstractEnvironmental destruction is often the result of price policies for primary commodities that determine how individuals will use - and abuse - natural resources. In this paper, we analyze how domestic policies under colonial and independent governments in Sudan contributed to Acacia senegal deforestation and the demise of the international gum arabic trade. When primary commodities are produced from environmentally beneficial species, such as Acacia senegal trees, the impact of a declining market for the primary commodity will have economic and ecological repercussions on other sectors in the economy. Poverty and risk are central to this process.