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Information, direct access to farmers, andrural market performance in central India

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  • Goyal, Aparajita

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This paper estimates the impact of a change in procurement strategy of a private buyer in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Beginning in October 2000, internet kiosks and warehouses were established that provide wholesale price information and an alternative marketing channel to soy farmers in the state. Using a new market-level dataset, the estimates suggest a significant increase in soy price after the introduction of kiosks, supporting the predictions of the theoretical model. Moreover, there is a robust increase in area under soy cultivation. The results point towards an improvement in the functioning of rural agricultural markets.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5315.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5315

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Keywords: Markets and Market Access; E-Business; Agribusiness; Crops&Crop Management Systems; Access to Markets;

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