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Vegetable production and marketing in Africa: socio-economic research.

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This book provides a collection of conceptual and methodological chapters on the socio-economic aspects of vegetable production-to-marketing systems in Africa. The diverse topics covered in this book include the conceptual challenges in economic research on vegetable production systems, the implications of good agricultural practice standards, the challenges and opportunities of meeting the growin...

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Chapter 9 (Page no: 127)

Comparative assessment of the marketing structure and price behaviour of three staple vegetables in Lusaka, Zambia.

This chapter presents a comparative assessment of the marketing structure and price behaviour of three major vegetables (tomatoes, onions and rape) in the capital of Zambia. The lessons learned from this research are relevant to other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. One is that the growing importance of regional trade in fresh vegetables contributes to the harmonization of trade regulations, reduces the likelihood of arbitrary border closings and improves regional market information sharing and reduces and stabilizes consumer prices. The second lesson is that supply chains for these three staple vegetables, and most farmers, continue to rely on the existing trading system. The third conclusion is that production in the urban setting is marginal for tomatoes and onions, but could be important for rape and other leafy green vegetables. Fourthly, the study finds extremely high price variability driven by the unpredictable fluctuation in quantities.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) An overview. Author(s): Waibel, H. Mithöfer, D.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 9) Theoretical concepts for socio-economic research of vegetables in Africa. Author(s): Waibel, H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 25) Framework for economic impact assessment of production standards and empirical evidence. Author(s): Mithöfer, D.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 45) The impact of food safety standards on rural household welfare. Author(s): Asfaw, S.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 67) The impact of compliance with GlobalGAP standards on small and large Kenyan export vegetable-producing farms. Author(s): Mausch, K. Mithöfer, D.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 85) Food production standards and farm worker welfare in Kenya. Author(s): Ehlert, C. Mithöfer, D. Waibel, H.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 97) Group culture and smallholder participation in value chains: French beans in Kenya. Author(s): Paalhaar, J. Jansen, K.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 111) Export vegetable supply chains and rural households in Senegal. Author(s): Maertens, M. Colen, L. Swinnen, J.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 149) Value chains and regional trade in East Africa: the case of vegetables in Kenya and Tanzania. Author(s): König, T. Blatt, J. Brakel, K. Kloss, K. Nilges, T. Woellert, F.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 169) Supply chains for indigenous vegetables in urban and peri-urban areas of Uganda and Kenya: a gendered perspective. Author(s): Weinberger, K. Pasquini, M. Kasambula, P. Abukutsa-Onyango, M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 183) Private voluntary standards, co-investment and inclusive business. Author(s): Blackmore, E. MacGregor, J.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 195) An approach to strengthening vegetable value chains in East Africa: potential for spillovers. Author(s): Lenné, J. M. Ward, A. F.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 209) Challenges for economic impact assessment of classical biological control in Kenya and Tanzania. Author(s): Asfaw, A. Mithöfer, D. Löhr, B. Waibel, H.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 227) Indirect and external costs of pesticide use in the vegetable sub-sector in Kenya. Author(s): Macharia, I. Mithöfer, D. Waibel, H.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 243) Integrated pest management training and information flow among smallholder horticulture farmers in Kenya. Author(s): Bekele, N. Mithöfer, D. Amudavi, D. Obare, G.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • International Development, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2011
  • ISBN
  • 9781845936495
  • Record Number
  • 20113221532