This article assesses major features of the Zambian agricultural market that have led to the underdevelopment of the staple food marketing system, reviews existing empirical evidence explaining the variable performance of the maize sub-sector, and suggests potential corrective measures. As smallholder farmers in agricultural markets are considered to be vitally important to the attainment of food security, special attention is placed on how the current system affects these farmers, and on how to foster improved participation. The role and potential of new generation cooperatives is also considered.We identify seven major areas in need of serious and coordinated attention if the state of the agricultural sector and marketing functions is to improve.
Tembo, Gelson; Chapoto, Antony; Jayne, Thomas; and Weber, Michael
"Fostering Food Market Development in Zambia,"
Zambia Social Science Journal:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/zssj/vol1/iss1/5