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Impediments to agricultural growth in Zambia:


  • Wichern, Raier
  • Hausner, Ulrich
  • Chiwele, Dennis K.


This paper has been prepared as part of the Zambia country study of the Macroeconomic and Regional Integration in Southern Africa (MERRISA) project and serves as a background paper for modeling exercises. The paper focuses on analyzing institutional constraints on the development of the agricultural sector in Zambia. It argues that by changing some of the rules and neglecting to integrate these changes into the complete institutional setting, policymakers have been unable to achieve their goals. Other constraints on Zambia's agricultural development are of a more technical nature. There are problems with Zambia's infrastructure. This paper argues that these are problems of the provision of public and merit goods mainly occurring in rural areas. Farmers emphasize their limited access to resources like credit, fertilizer, and draft animals. Although these problems could indicate market failures, it is the view of the authors that they are mainly due to transition uncertainties.

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  • Wichern, Raier & Hausner, Ulrich & Chiwele, Dennis K., 1999. "Impediments to agricultural growth in Zambia:," TMD discussion papers 47, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:tmddps:47

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    Cited by:

    1. Buffie, Edward F. & Atolia, Manoj, 2012. "Trade, growth, and poverty in Zambia: Insights from a dynamic GE model," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 211-229.
    2. Mofya-Mukuka, Rhoda & Abdulai, Awudu, 2013. "Policy reforms and asymmetric price transmission in the Zambian and Tanzanian coffee markets," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 786-795.
    3. Kimhi, Ayal, 2003. "Plot Size And Maize Productivity In Zambia: The Inverse Relationship Re-Examined," Discussion Papers 14980, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Agricultural Economics and Management.
    4. World Bank, 2004. "Zambia - Country Economic Memorandum : Policies for Growth and Diversification, Volume 1. Main Report," World Bank Other Operational Studies 15666, The World Bank.


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