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Zambian Farmers’ Access to Maize Markets

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  • Chapoto, Antony
  • Jayne, Thomas S.

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Smallholder farmers’ access to markets and agricultural support services has been a major concern of Zambian policy makers. As with many governments in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Zambian government’s agricultural policies, particularly for maize, have fundamentally been conceived of as a response to perceived market failure and weak access to markets for rural smallholder farmers. However, the conventional wisdom of poor market access is based on extremely limited empirical evidence. This study is motivated by the need to overcome this paucity of empirical evidence and provide policy makers with an up-to-date assessment of smallholder farmers’ market access conditions for maize, the primary food grain in Zambia.

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  • Chapoto, Antony & Jayne, Thomas S., 2011. "Zambian Farmers’ Access to Maize Markets," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers 116910, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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    1. Govereh, Jones & Shawa, Julius J. & Malawo, Emma & Jayne, Thomas S., 2006. "Raising the Productivity of Public Investments in Zambia’s Agricultural Sector," Food Security Collaborative Working Papers 54479, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    2. Burke, William J. & Jayne, Thomas S. & Chapoto, Antony, 2010. "Factors Contributing to Zambia’s 2010 Maize Bumper Harvest," Food Security Collaborative Policy Briefs 97034, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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    4. Zhiying Xu & William J. Burke & Thomas S. Jayne & Jones Govereh, 2009. "Do input subsidy programs "crowd in" or "crowd out" commercial market development? Modeling fertilizer demand in a two-channel marketing system," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 40(1), pages 79-94, January.
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    1. Fung, Winnie & Liverpool-Tasie, Saweda & Mason, Nicole & Oyelere, Ruth, 2015. "Can Crop Purchase Programs Reduce Poverty and Improve Welfare in Rural Communities? Evidence from the Food Reserve Agency in Zambia," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 211637, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Sitko, Nicholas J. & Jayne, T.S., 2014. "Exploitative Briefcase Businessmen, Parasites, and Other Myths and Legends: Assembly Traders and the Performance of Maize Markets in Eastern and Southern Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 56-67.
    3. Zulu-Mbata, Olipa & Jayne, Thomas S. & Kirsten, Johann F., 2016. "Analysis of farm-to-retail maize marketing margins in Zambia," 2016 AAAE Fifth International Conference, September 23-26, 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 246966, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).

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    Zambia; Maize Markets; Agricultural and Food Policy; Marketing;

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