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Trading in turbulent times: smallholder maize marketing in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania

Bjorn Van Campenhout, Els Lecoutere UGent and Ben D'Exelle (2011) IFPRI Discussion Papers. 1099.
abstract
The short-run effects of the 2007/2008 global food crisis on semisubsistence farmers’ well-being in low-income countries depends on whether they are net sellers or net buyers of the affected commodities. Realizing that farmers face volatile prices over the course of an agricultural year, we analyze the timing of sales and purchases of maize. In addition, in our analysis, we depart from the oft-made assumption that farmers in rural villages are perfectly integrated within the wider economy. Comparing our results with a static analysis, we find that especially-poor farmers face greater losses from the maize food price crisis than others. The welfare impact is likely to be even more severe than previously thought, as the crisis hurts large households with relatively large numbers of children and women most. We also analyze the effects of factors that are likely to affect potential benefits from intertemporal and spatial price dispersion, such as means of transport, access to price information, and credit.
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spatial price dispersion, Tanzania, food prices, intertemporal arbitrage, market participation
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IFPRI Discussion Papers
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1099
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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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English
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1852709
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1852709
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http://www.ifpri.org/publication/trading-turbulent-times
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2011-07-05 11:35:07
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  abstract     = {The short-run effects of the 2007/2008 global food crisis on semisubsistence farmers{\textquoteright} well-being in low-income countries depends on whether they are net sellers or net buyers of the affected commodities. Realizing that farmers face volatile prices over the course of an agricultural year, we analyze the timing of sales and purchases of maize. In addition, in our analysis, we depart from the oft-made assumption that farmers in rural villages are perfectly integrated within the wider economy. Comparing our results with a static analysis, we find that especially-poor farmers face greater losses from the maize food price crisis than others. The welfare impact is likely to be even more severe than previously thought, as the crisis hurts large households with relatively large numbers of children and women most. We also analyze the effects of factors that are likely to affect potential benefits from intertemporal and spatial price dispersion, such as means of transport, access to price information, and credit.},
  author       = {Van Campenhout, Bjorn and Lecoutere, Els and D'Exelle, Ben},
  keyword      = {spatial price dispersion,Tanzania,food prices,intertemporal arbitrage,market participation},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)},
  series       = {IFPRI Discussion Papers},
  title        = {Trading in turbulent times: smallholder maize marketing in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania},
  url          = {http://www.ifpri.org/publication/trading-turbulent-times},
  volume       = {1099},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Van Campenhout, Bjorn, Els Lecoutere, and Ben D’Exelle. 2011. “Trading in Turbulent Times: Smallholder Maize Marketing in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania.” IFPRI Discussion Papers. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
APA
Van Campenhout, B., Lecoutere, E., & D’Exelle, B. (2011). Trading in turbulent times: smallholder maize marketing in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania. IFPRI Discussion Papers. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Vancouver
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Van Campenhout B, Lecoutere E, D’Exelle B. Trading in turbulent times: smallholder maize marketing in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania. IFPRI Discussion Papers. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); 2011.
MLA
Van Campenhout, Bjorn, Els Lecoutere, and Ben D’Exelle. “Trading in Turbulent Times: Smallholder Maize Marketing in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania.” IFPRI Discussion Papers 2011 : n. pag. Print.