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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.


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.
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Date deposited:04 November 2008
Date of first online publication:April 2007
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