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Food System Transformation And Market Evolutions: An Analysis Of The Rise Of Large-Scale Grain Trading In Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Sitko, Nicholas J.
  • Burke, William J.
  • Jayne, T.S.

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Ongoing transformations of agri-food systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are garnering considerable attention from policy-makers, researchers, and development partners. While a growing body of literature has examined transformations occurring within the farm production, processing and retail segments of the food systems, there has been surprisingly little attention to the so-called middle segments—trading and wholesaling. Beneficial changes in African grain markets hold considerable potential to improve livelihoods in the region, because grain-marketing costs typically account for 50-60% of the price paid for staple foods by African consumers (Jayne et al. 2010). This lack of empirical attention, particularly for staple cereals, is an important blind spot in our knowledge of recent transformations of these food systems.

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  • Sitko, Nicholas J. & Burke, William J. & Jayne, T.S., 2017. "Food System Transformation And Market Evolutions: An Analysis Of The Rise Of Large-Scale Grain Trading In Sub-Saharan Africa," Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Papers 259554, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security (FSP).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:miffrp:259554
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.259554
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