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Food Security in Africa

Market and Trade Policy for Staple Foods in Eastern and Southern Africa Edited by Alexander Sarris, Professor of Economics University of Athens, Greece and Jamie Morrison, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy
Drawing on insights from theoretical applications, empirically based approaches and case study experience, this book contributes to the improved design and use of trade and related policy interventions in staple food markets.
Co-published with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Extent: 448 pp
Hardback Price: $170.00 Web: $153.00
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 851 3
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Drawing on insights from theoretical applications, empirically based approaches and case study experience, this book contributes to the improved design and use of trade and related policy interventions in staple food markets.

Trade policy interventions have a potentially critical role to play in the development of staple food markets in developing countries and, as a source of revenue, in wider processes of rural development. Governments have long defended trade and related policy interventions in staple food markets on the basis of food security concerns. However, the design and implementation of these policies has often resulted in unintended impacts, increasing the risks faced by private sector actors and reducing their incentives for investment in improved market performance. In the context of increasingly volatile staple food markets, this book, commissioned from leading experts in this field, seeks to enhance dialogue between stakeholders involved in, and affected by, the design and use of trade and related policy interventions.

This significant book will appeal to policy analysts and decision makers influential in the design and implementation of trade and related market interventions, as well as students of development economics. Researchers contributing to debates on the use and impacts of trade and related market interventions in staple food markets in poor countries will also find this volume of great benefit.
‘The volume is a valuable compilation of evidence-based analysis of staple food markets in eastern and southern Africa. . . It will serve as a useful reference for applied researchers, policy-makers and development practitioners interested in food policy in developing countries.’
– Nicholas Minot, European Review of Agricultural Economics

‘As they often do, Jamie Morrison and Alexander Sarris have provided researchers, policy-makers, and the interested public with the firm empirical grounding needed for sound agricultural development policies. They have synthesized from a rich and varied set of country studies a unique contribution to one of the key challenges of our times – increasing the productivity of smallholder food production in the age of globalization.’
– Timothy A. Wise, Tufts University, US

‘Food security has been a major concern in Africa for decades, and a more pressing problem with recent increases in food prices. The editors and contributors to this volume are experts in the field and should be commended for a timely, informative and in places challenging analysis of food production and markets in eastern and southern Africa. The volume brings a refreshing variety of theoretical, analytical and informed case study approaches to bear on the food security problem; it should be read by anybody seriously interested in African development.’
– Oliver Morrissey, University of Nottingham, UK
Contributors: J. Ariga, C.B. Barrett, E.F. Buffie, A. Chapoto, E.W. Chirwa, P. Conforti, P.A. Dorosh, S. Dradri, J. Govereh, S. Haggblade, T.S. Jayne, P.D. Little, M. Maertens, A. Manyama, F. Meyer, J. Morrison, A. Sarris, J.F.M. Swinnen, A.E. Temu, A.A. Temu, L.N. Traub, A. Vandeplas
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction
Jamie Morrison and Alexander Sarris

2. Trade, Agriculture and Optimal Commercial Policy in Eastern and Southern Africa
Edward F. Buffie

3. Smallholder Market Participation: Concepts and Evidence from Eastern and Southern Africa
Christopher B. Barrett

4. Governance and Surplus Distribution in Commodity Value Chains in Africa
Johan F.M. Swinnen, Anneleen Vandeplas and Miet Maertens

5. Liberalizing Trade Under Structural Constraints in Developing Countries: A General Equilibrium Analysis of Tanzania
Piero Conforti and Alexander Sarris

6. Grain Marketing Policy at the Crossroads: Challenges for Eastern and Southern Africa
T.S. Jayne, Antony Chapoto and Jones Govereh

7. Unofficial Cross-border Trade in Eastern Africa
Peter D. Little

8. Regional Trade and Food Security: Recent Evidence from Zambia
Paul A. Dorosh, Simon Dradri and Steven Haggblade

9. Maize Trade and Marketing Policy Interventions in Kenya
Joshua Ariga and T.S. Jayne

10. Assessment of Maize Trade and Market Policy Interventions in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa

11. Alternative Staple Food Trade and Market Policy Interventions: Country-level Assessment of South Africa
Lulama Ndibongo Traub and Ferdinand Meyer

12. Maize Trade and Marketing Policy Interventions in Tanzania
Andrew E. Temu, Appolinary Manyama and Anna A. Temu

13. Assessment of Alternative Maize Trade and Market Policy Interventions in Zambia
Jones Govereh, Antony Chapoto and T.S. Jayne

14. Trade and Market Policy Interventions: A Synthesis of Insights from Research on Eastern and Southern African Grain Markets
Jamie Morrison and Alexander Sarris

Index