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Agricultural Transformation in Zambia: Alternative Institutional Models for Accelerating Agricultural Productivity Growth, and Commercialization

Antony Chapoto (), Steven Haggblade (), Munguzwe Hichaambwa, Stephen Kabwe (), Steven Longabaugh (), Nicholas Sitko () and David L. Tschirley

No 132339, Food Security Collaborative Working Papers from Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Abstract: This paper traces the trajectories of successful commercial smallholders operating under differing sets of market institutions. Analysis focuses on maize, cotton, and horticulture, three widely marketed crops with strikingly different market institutions. Maize receives intensive government input and marketing support. In contrast, cotton relies primarily on private contract farming schemes, while horticulture enjoys no large-scale institutional support from either the public or private sectors. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, the analysis aims to identify personal characteristics and institutional factors that enable smallholder transitions to high-productivity commercial agriculture.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries; Food Security and Poverty; Marketing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 50
Date: 2012-06
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.132339

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