ERIC Number: ED110232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Small Scale Industry in Employment Generation and Rural Development: Initial Research Results from Sierra Leone. African Rural Employment Paper No. 11.
Chuta, Enyinna; Liedholm, Carl
Urban and rural small scale industry and employment generation in Sierra Leone, Africa were studied via a 2 phase procedure. Phase 1 data collection (March-June, 1974) involved a random sampling procedure based on locality size. The following information was obtained from each of the localities (cities, towns, and villages) and "enumeration areas" (200 families) surveyed: (1) type of activity; (2) number of workers, including the proprietor, hired workers, and apprentices; (3) type of workshop; (4) number and kind of machines used. Phase 1 results indicated Sierra Leone small scale industry was extensive both in terms of establishment number and employment. Establishments were found to be small (1.9 workers per industry) and predominantly rural (95 percent). Activity composition (tailoring, carpentry, gara dyeing, and baking) varied considerably by location, an indication of the importance of making distinctions between industries in urban and rural areas. Still in progress, Phase 2 involves enumeration twice weekly of a sample of 366 industrial establishment during a 1 year period (1974-1975) for purposes of determining key structural parameters of the rural small scale industrial sector and the intersectoral linkages uniting this sector with other parts of the economy, thereby identifying major determinants of the demand for labor in rural small scale industry. (JC)
Descriptors: Activities, Building Trades, Classification, Economic Development, Employment Potential, Industry, Needle Trades, Organization Size (Groups), Policy Formation, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Surveys, Urban Areas
African Rural Employment Research Network, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 (free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (Dept. of State), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Agricultural Economics.; Njala Univ. Coll., Freetown (Sierra Leone). Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Extension.
Identifiers: Africa; Sierra Leone