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Potential for Intra-Regional Maize Trade in Southern Africa: an Analysis for Zambia at the Sub-National Level

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  • Haggblade, Steven
  • Jayne, Thomas S.
  • Tschirley, David L.
  • Longabaugh, Steven

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This working paper explores the prospects for regional maize trade in helping to stabilize food availability and prices in Zambia. It reviews these general prospects within the maize economy of southern Africa. Given the important regional differences in Zambia’s food economy, it explores spatial differences in national food production, consumption and marketed surpluses. It also evaluates the impact of regional maize trade on price stability and food security in different parts of Zambia. The empirical evidence from Zambia, summarized in this paper, suggests that both consumers and farmers stand to benefit from the reduced price volatility that results from opening borders to regional trade in food staples.

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Paper provided by Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in its series Food Security Collaborative Working Papers with number 54494.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ags:midcwp:54494

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Keywords: food security; policy; Zambia; Africa; maize; trade; Crop Production/Industries; Q17;

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  1. Jayne, Thomas S. & Mukumbu, Mulinge & Chisvo, Munhamo & Tschirley, David L. & Weber, Michael T. & Zulu, Ballard & Johansson, Robert C. & Santos, Paula Mota & Soroko, David, 1999. "Successes and Challenges of Food Market Reform: Experiences from Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe," Food Security International Development Working Papers 54672, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  2. Abbink, Klaus & Jayne, Thomas S. & Moller, Lars C., 2007. "The Benefits of a Rules-Based Maize Marketing Policy: Results of an Experimental Study of Zambia," Food Security Collaborative Policy Briefs 54636, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  3. Jayne, T. S. & Jones, Stephen, 1997. "Food marketing and pricing policy in Eastern and Southern Africa: A survey," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 25(9), pages 1505-1527, September.
  4. Haggblade, Steven & Tschirley, David L., 2007. "Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement in Zambia," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers 54487, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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  1. Wanjiku, Julliet & Ogada, Maurice Juma & Guthiga, Paul & Karugia, Joseph Thuo & Massawe, Stella & Wambua, Jonesmus, 2012. "Exploiting opportunities in intra-regional trade in food staples in COMESA region," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126424, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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