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Record number 406152
Title Analysing the role of institutional arrangements: vegetable value chains in East Africa
Author(s) Eaton, D.J.F.; Meijerink, G.W.; Bijman, J.; Belt, J.C.
Event 106th seminar of the EAAE, Pro-poor development in low income countries: Food, agriculture, trade, and environment, 2007-10-25/2007-10-27
Department(s) LEI Internationaal Beleid
LEI INT BELEID - Internationale Handel & Markten
Management Studies
Centre for Development Innovation

Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2007
Abstract Institutional innovations are increasingly seen as key to achieving not only agricultural growth, by overcoming market failures, but also to ensure that poor smallholders also benefit from this process. This paper analyses institutional arrangements for vegetable marketing in East Africa from a transaction cost perspective. Marketing of vegetables is still dominated by spot markets with some, but still limited, movement towards farmers' engaging collectively in contract farming through producers' organisations. It appears that little is understood concerning how farmers and traders have overcome transaction costs in such situations, and this area deserves increased attention. An understanding of how institutional change occurs is necessary if donor agencies wish to support this process
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