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Market chain participation and food security: the case of the Ugandan maize farmers

Pierluigi Montalbano (), Rebecca Pietrelli () and Luca Salvatici ()
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Rebecca Pietrelli: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

No 2/17, Working Papers from Sapienza University of Rome, DISS

Abstract: An assessment of the links between market chain participation and food security is hampered by a scant empirical literature, mostly based on case studies. Our goal is to deal with this issue by providing a sound identification strategy using the WB LSMS-ISA panel data 2009-12 for Uganda and controlling for self-selection. We show that both the level and the variability of Ugandan maize farming households' food consumption is affected by market choice. However, contrary to common wisdom, intermediaries do not play a major role in farmers' welfare. This empirical evidence is consistent with the theoretical prediction that also in Sub-Saharan Africa modern food chains tend to reinforce vertical coordination across actors and the enforcement of contracts, thus reducing the market power of intermediaries.

Keywords: Maize; value supply chain; panel; Uganda. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q12 O12 D12 C33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-02
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