Value Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa

Challenges of Integration into the Global Economy

  • Sören Scholvin
  • Anthony Black
  • Javier Revilla Diez
  • Ivan Turok

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Sören Scholvin, Anthony Black, Javier Revilla Diez, Ivan Turok
    Pages 1-9
  3. Prospects of Regional Value Chains

  4. Prospects of Global Value Chains

  5. Political and Socio-economic Challenges

  6. Cities and City Regions in Value Chains

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Ivan Turok, Justin Visagie
      Pages 253-275
    3. Sören Scholvin, Anthony Black, Javier Revilla Diez, Ivan Turok
      Pages 277-284

About this book


Development largely depends on how given places participate in global economic processes.The contributions to this book address various features of the integration of sub-Saharan Africa into the world economy via value chains, so as to explain corresponding challenges and opportunities. The book deals with five issues that have not been covered adequately in scientific debates: first, policies are essential to promote value chains and increase their impact on development; second, value chains are diverse, and the variance between them has major economic and political implications; third, regional value chains appear to constitute a viable alternative to global ones (or, at least, are complementary to them), promising better developmental outcomes for the Global South; fourth, political and socio-economic factors are important considerations for a complete assessment of value chains; fifth, cities and city regions are also crucial objects of study in seeking to achieve a comprehensive assessment of value chains.


Economic Geography Development Studies Regional Studies Economics Area Studies (Africa)

Editors and affiliations

  • Sören Scholvin
    • 1
  • Anthony Black
    • 2
  • Javier Revilla Diez
    • 3
  • Ivan Turok
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Economic and Cultural GeographyUniversity of HanoverHanoverGermany
  2. 2.School of EconomicsUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  3. 3.Institute of GeographyUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  4. 4.Human Sciences Research CouncilCape TownSouth Africa

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