Overcoming Market Constraints on Pro-Poor Agricultural Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

35 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006  

Colin Poulton

Imperial College London - Centre for Environmental Policy

Jonathan Kydd

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine - Centre for Development and Poverty Reduction

Andrew Dorward

Centre for Development, Environment & Policy

Abstract

In sub-Saharan Africa, there is fairly broad agreement that increased investment in key public goods such as roads and communications infrastructure, agricultural research and water control will be required if revitalised agricultural development is to take place. However, it has proved more difficult to reach agreement on what needs to be done to improve the performance of agricultural markets. In this article we set out an agenda for investment and policy reform in this area, providing a brief theoretical examination of the co-ordination problems involved before examining in turn demand and supply constraints affecting smallholder farmers, and policies for price stabilisation and the co-ordination of support services. We also argue that increased attention needs to be paid to governance issues.

Suggested Citation

Poulton, Colin and Kydd, Jonathan and Dorward, Andrew, Overcoming Market Constraints on Pro-Poor Agricultural Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Development Policy Review, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 243-277, May 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=896802 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2006.00324.x

Colin Poulton (Contact Author)

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Jonathan Kydd

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine - Centre for Development and Poverty Reduction ( email )

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Andrew Dorward

Centre for Development, Environment & Policy ( email )

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