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Type Journal Article - MSU International Development
Title Food System Transformation and Market Evolutions: An Analysis of the Rise of Large-Scale Grain Trading in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
URL http://fsg.afre.msu.edu/papers/idwp153.pdf
Abstract
Ongoing transformations of agri-food systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are garnering
considerable attention from policy-makers, researchers, and development partners. While a
growing body of literature has examined transformations occurring within the farm
production, processing and retail segments of the food systems, there has been surprisingly
little attention to the so-called middle segments—trading and wholesaling. Beneficial changes
in African grain markets hold considerable potential to improve livelihoods in the region,
because grain-marketing costs typically account for 50-60% of the price paid for staple foods
by African consumers (Jayne et al. 2010). This lack of empirical attention, particularly for
staple cereals, is an important blind spot in our knowledge of recent transformations of these
food systems.

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