The Transformation of Value Chains in Africa: Evidence from the First Large Survey of Maize Traders in Nigeria

January 12, 2018 - Author: Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Thomas Reardon, Awa Sanou, Wale Ogunleye, Iredele Ogunbayo, Bolarin T. Omonona

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Thomas Reardon, Awa Sanou, Wale Ogunleye, Iredele Ogunbayo, Bolarin T. Omonona. 2018. The Transformation of Value Chains in Africa: Evidence from the First Large Survey of Maize Traders. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 56. FR. East Lansing: Michigan State University

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The urban food security of Nigeria (and of million rural maize farmers and consumers) is conditioned, mediated, determined by traders.
  • The north-south long supply chain of maize is crucial to the country’s food security and its performance is in the hands of traders and conditioned by the quality of infrastructure and services.
  • Contrary to traditional views, traders rely on a well-developed third party logistics service sector market, and a warehouse rental market
  • Extremely little (less than 1%) waste/loss of maize in the supply chain which mainly consists of handling of bags of maize.
  • Trader credit (advances) to farmers is near absent.
  • Traders and the trade and logistic segments of the maize value chain warrant more attention by researchers and policy makers.

Tags: agrifood system transformation, fsp policy brief, input use and market development, nigeria


Related Topic Areas

Nigeria


Authors

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie
517-432-5418
lliverp@msu.edu

Thomas Reardon

Thomas Reardon
reardon@msu.edu


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