Makoka, Donald (2009): Small farmers' access to high-value markets: what can we learn from the Malawi pigeopea value chain?
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Access to high-value markets remains one of the major challenges facing smallholder farmers in Africa. The paper applies a value chain analysis to the pigeonpea sub-sector in Malawi to determine ways of improving the access of small farmers to the global pigeonpea markets. The value chain analysis, complemented by primary data from a sample of 200 farmers, investigates the nature of the pigeonpea value chain by highlighting the main actors and the sources of inefficiency along the chain. The study shows that pigeonpea production is dominated by smallholder farmers with limited access to market information and who are also faced with lack of access to improved varieties. For the Malawian exporters, their competitiveness is being undermined by high freight costs and low pigeonpea grain quality. Policies to improve market institutional innovations through the use of the leading farmer organization, NASFAM, have the potential of improving the competitiveness of the producers.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Small farmers' access to high-value markets: what can we learn from the Malawi pigeopea value chain?|
|Keywords:||Pigeonpea; value chain; smallholder farmers; Malawi|
|Subjects:||N - Economic History > N5 - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment, and Extractive Industries > N57 - Africa; Oceania
D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D13 - Household Production and Intrahousehold Allocation
B - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches > B2 - History of Economic Thought since 1925 > B21 - Microeconomics
|Depositing User:||Donald Makoka|
|Date Deposited:||25. May 2009 09:55|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 10:46|
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