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Market institutions and urban food supply in West and Southern Africa : a review.

Porter, G and Lyon, F. and Potts, D. (2007) 'Market institutions and urban food supply in West and Southern Africa : a review.', Progress in development studies., 7 (2). pp. 115-134.

Abstract

As the urban share of Africa's population increases, the importance of understanding how food supply is shaped by market institutions has grown. However, this topic has received little attention from policy makers and researchers despite the implications of market institutions and regulatory systems for livelihoods and poverty. This paper reviews the existing literature on market intermediaries, access to selling spaces, finance for traders and sources of information on prices and supplies. The gaps in research are identified and a set of key research issues in this crucial, yet under-researched, area are articulated.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Markets, Institutions, Food, Traders, Africa, Urbanization.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (354Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/146499340600700203
Publisher statement:The final definitive version of this article has been published in the journal Progress in Development Studies 7/2 2007 © SAGE Publications Ltd by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Progress in Development Studies page: http://pdj.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
Record Created:27 Jan 2009
Last Modified:14 Sep 2011 16:24

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