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Title:Unravelling Zimbabwe's Food Security Paradox: Implications for Grain Market Reform in Southern Africa
Authors:Jayne, Thomas S.ISNI
Chisvo, MunhamoISNI
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:food policy
grain market
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0306-9192(91)90026-G
Abstract:The organization of Zimbabwe's grain market, while stimulating production and incomes in high-potential smallholder areas since independence, has actually contributed to food insecurity among grain-deficit households in semiarid areas. Results of an econometric model indicate that over 100,000 tonnes of expensive commercial maize meal flow annually into rural areas while grain flows out through the State marketing channel (the Grain Marketing Board). This circuitous movement of grain, a symptom of poorly functioning intrarural grain trade, has effectively reduced incomes among poor rural consumers by as much as 30 percent. The promotion of intrarural trade will require the removal of government restrictions and other critical barriers to private investment in grain trading. The case of Zimbabwe may be relevant to other countries in Southern Africa experiencing persistent food insecurity amidst food abundance. Notes, ref.