Title
A comparative value chain analysis of smallholder burley tobacco production in Malawi, 2003/4 and 2009/10 A comparative value chain analysis of smallholder burley tobacco production in Malawi, 2003/4 and 2009/10
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Journal of agrarian change. - Oxford
Volume/pages
14(2014) :3 , p. 323-346
ISSN
1471-0358
ISI
000337596100001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Smallholders grow the majority of Malawis main export crop burley tobacco. We analyse this value chain segment for the 2003/4 and 2009/10 seasons. The comparison shows smallholder profits in 2003/4 were limited by two main factors: a cartel of leaf merchants at auction and inefficient marketing arrangements. In 2009/10, there was greater competition at auction, improvements in marketing, tighter state regulation (including minimum prices) and much more contract farming.The paper concludes by reflecting on aspects of the political economy of the tobacco industry at national and global levels.
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