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Food Quality Changes and Implications: Evidence from the Rice Value Chain of Bangladesh

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  • Minten, Bart
  • Murshid, K.A.S.
  • Reardon, Thomas

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In Dhaka, the share of the less expensive coarse rice is shown to be rapidly decreasing in rice markets and it thus seems that the role of rice as only a cheap staple food is being redefined. The increasing demand for the more expensive varieties is seemingly associated with a more important off-farm food sector—in particular, milling, retailing, and branding—as well as a transformed milling industry. We further find that the labor rewards for growing different rice varieties are not significantly different and that farmers do not benefit directly from consumers’ increased willingness to pay for rice.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 42 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 100-113

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:42:y:2013:i:c:p:100-113

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Keywords: Bangladesh; rice; markets; value chains; Asia; quality; milling;

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  1. McFall, William & Magnan, Nicholas & Spielman, David J., 2013. "Hybrid Rice as a Pro-Poor Technology? Evidence from Bangladesh," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150150, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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