Participation in the market chain and food security: the case of the Ugandan maize farmers

Montalbano, P, Pietrelli, R and Salvatici, L (2018) Participation in the market chain and food security: the case of the Ugandan maize farmers. Food Policy, 76. pp. 81-98. ISSN 0306-9192

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Empirical assessment of the links between market chain participation and food security is characterized by
conflicting evidence. Our goal is to deal with this issue at different points of the commercialization chain by
providing a sound identification strategy using the Uganda World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study-
Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) panel data. By looking at the dynamics of farmers’ consumption
over time and controlling for a variety of household and production characteristics as well as possible confounding
factors, our results show that farmers’ food security is positively affected by participation in the market
chain, irrespective of the choice of outlet. This provides two key messages for policymaking: farmers selling to
the market are better off and intermediaries do not hamper food security.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Maize; Market chain; Farm households; Panel data; Uganda
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0131 Methodology > HB0135 Mathematical economics. Quantitative methods Including econometrics, input-output analysis, game theory
Depositing User: Prof. Pierluigi Montalbano
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 10:28
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 16:02

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