The Quiet Revolution in Agri-Food Value Chains in Asia: Understanding the Fast Emergence of Cold Storages in Poor Districts in India

in R Christie, C A da Silva, N Mhlanga, K Tihanyi and E Mabaya (ed.), Innovative Institutions, Public Policies and Private Strategies for Agro-enterprise Development (Singapore/ Rome: World Scientific Publishing Company/ FAO), 313-40. 2014

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Bart Minten

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium

Thomas Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Krishna M. Singh

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

Rajib Kumar Sutradhar

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Date Written: Nov 5, 2014

Abstract

In disadvantaged districts of Bihar, one of the poorest states in India and an area where smallholders dominate, we find that there have been dramatic increases and rapid up-scaling of modern cold storages, triggered by market reform, investment subsidies, and better overall public service provision and governance. Almost all potato farmers, small and large, participate in these cold storages. The availability of cold storages has seemingly led to improved efficiency in value chains because of lower wastages and some cold storages have become heavily involved in input, output, and especially credit markets. This emergence of cold storages thus leads to important changes in traditional potato value chains, with significant implications for smallholders.

Keywords: Agri-food, Value chains, Potato, Cold storages, Bihar, India

JEL Classification: O3, O32, O33, Q13, Q16, Q18

Suggested Citation

Minten, Bart and Reardon, Thomas A. and Singh, Krishna M. and Sutradhar, Rajib Kumar, The Quiet Revolution in Agri-Food Value Chains in Asia: Understanding the Fast Emergence of Cold Storages in Poor Districts in India (Nov 5, 2014). in R Christie, C A da Silva, N Mhlanga, K Tihanyi and E Mabaya (ed.), Innovative Institutions, Public Policies and Private Strategies for Agro-enterprise Development (Singapore/ Rome: World Scientific Publishing Company/ FAO), 313-40. 2014 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2545226

Bart Minten

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - CGIAR Consortium ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
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United States

Thomas A. Reardon

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
517-355-1521 (Phone)
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Krishna M. Singh (Contact Author)

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University ( email )

Pusa
Samastipur
Pusa-Samastipur, Bihar, Bihar 848125
India
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Rajib Kumar Sutradhar

Jawaharlal Nehru University ( email )

Vasant Vihar
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, DE Delhi 110067
India

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