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Quality Control in Non-Staple Food Markets: Evidence from India

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  • Marcel Fafchamps
  • Ruth Hill
  • Bart Minten

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Using original survey data collected on growers, traders, processors, markets, and village communities, we will compare the situation in four states - Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Orissa. We examine the way that information about crop attributes is conveyed (or not) along the value chain. We also document the infrastructures available at the level of the market. We find that little information circulates about unobservable crop characteristics. Growers receive a price premium when they dry, grade and pack their produce, but we find no evidence that information about crop salubrity or agricultural practices circulates through the value chain or that growers are encouraged to follow specific agricultural practices for quality purposes. Market infrastructure is deficient regarding sanitation, with few public toilets, inadequate drainage, and no coordinated pest control.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number GPRG-WPS-057.

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Date of creation: 01 Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:oxf:wpaper:gprg-wps-057

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  1. Jano, Pilar & Hueth, Brent, 2013. "Quality Incentives in Informal Markets: The Case of Ecuadorian Cocoa," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150378, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Minten, Bart & Reardon, Thomas & Singh, K.M. & Sutradhar, Rajib, 2010. "The benefit of cold storages: Evidence from Bihar," MPRA Paper 54345, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 14 Dec 2010.
  3. Fafchamps, Marcel & Gabre-Madhin, Eleni Z., 2006. "Agricultural markets in Benin and Malawi," African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, African Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 1(1), December.
  4. Minten, Bart & Reardon, Thomas & Sutradhar, Rajib, 2010. "Food Prices and Modern Retail: The Case of Delhi," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 38(12), pages 1775-1787, December.
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  6. Minten, Bart & Reardon, Thomas & Singh, K.M. & Sutradhar, Rajib, 2011. "The potato value chain in Bihar: An assessment and policy implications," MPRA Paper 54350, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 14 Jan 2011.
  7. Hoffmann, Vivian & Gatobu, Ken Mwithirwa, 2014. "Growing their own: Unobservable quality and the value of self-provisioning," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 106(C), pages 168-178.

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