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Smallholder dairying under transactions costs in East Africa

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  • Staal, Steven
  • Delgado, Christopher L.
  • Nicholson, Charles F.
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    It is argued that dairying is vital to future viability of many small farms in East Africa and that high transactions costs for dairy production and marketing limit participation by asset- and information-poor smallholders. Case studies from Kenya and Ethiopia illustrate the role of dairy cooperatives in reducing transactions costs. Analysis of the determinants of producer prices received by a sample of dairy producers near Addis Ababa suggests that different levels of access to infrastructure, assets, and information explain why different households contemporaneously accept widely different producer prices for fluid milk.

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    Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series MTID discussion papers with number 9.

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    Date of creation: 1996
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    Handle: RePEc:fpr:mtiddp:9

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    Keywords: Dairy farming Ethiopia. ; Dairy farming Kenya. ; Collective farms. ; Milk trade Africa. ;

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    1. Gulati, Ashok & Narayanan, Sudha, 2002. "Rice trade liberalization and poverty," MSSD discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 51, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Rashid, Shahidur, 2004. "Spatial integration of maize markets in post-liberalized Uganda," MTID discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 71, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    3. Nicholas Minot & Lisa Daniels, 2005. "Impact of global cotton markets on rural poverty in Benin," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 33(s3), pages 453-466, November.
    4. Rashid, Shahidur & Sharma, Manohar & Zeller, Manfred, 2002. "Micro-lending for small farmers in Bangladesh," MSSD discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 45, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    5. Shahabuddin, Quazi & Dorosh, Paul A., 2002. "Comparative advantage in Bangladesh crop production," MSSD discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 47, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    6. Dorosh, Paul A. & Shahabuddin, Quazi, 2002. "Rice price stabilization in Bangladesh," MTID discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 46, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    7. Delgado, Christopher L. & Rosegrant, Mark W. & Wada, Nikolas & Meijer, Siet & Ahmed, Mahfuzuddin, 2002. "Fish as food," MSSD discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 52, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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