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Potential for intra-regional maize trade in southern Africa: an analysis for Zambia at the sub-national level


  • Haggblade, S.


This working paper explores the prospects for regional maize trade in helping to stabilize food availability and prices in Zambia. It reviews these general prospects within the maize economy of southern Africa. Given the important regional differences in Zambia’s food economy, it explores spatial differences in national food production, consumption and marketed surpluses. It also evaluates the impact of regional maize trade on price stability and food security in different parts of Zambia. The empirical evidence from Zambia, summarized in this paper, suggests that both consumers and farmers stand to benefit from the reduced price volatility that results from opening borders to regional trade in food staples.
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  • Haggblade, S., 2008. "Potential for intra-regional maize trade in southern Africa: an analysis for Zambia at the sub-national level," IWMI Working Papers H042778, International Water Management Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:iwt:worppr:h042778

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    1. Jayne, T. S. & Jones, Stephen, 1997. "Food marketing and pricing policy in Eastern and Southern Africa: A survey," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 25(9), pages 1505-1527, September.
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    2. Davids, T. & Meyer, F. & Westhoff, P., 2018. "Quantifying the regional impact of export controls in Southern African maize markets," 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia 277353, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Wanjiku, Julliet & Ogada, Maurice Juma & Guthiga, Paul & Karugia, Joseph Thuo & Massawe, Stella & Wambua, Jonesmus, 2012. "Exploiting opportunities in intra-regional trade in food staples in COMESA region," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126424, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    JEL classification:

    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade


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