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Title:The Future of Perennial Crops
Author:Collier, PaulISNI
Periodical:African Development Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:cash crops
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8268.00053/pdf
Abstract:Removing taxation, providing a reliable currency for saving during booms, unlocking the collateral value of perennial crops, and product branding and price discrimination are amongst the policies that would enable the potential of perennials as a major force for the reduction of poverty in Africa to be realized. Uganda during the 1990s is a case in point. However, perennials may also be part of the problem. Low-income countries are losing their comparative advantage in perennials. Moreover, developed countries may introduce unreasonable health standards that further depress markets. There appears to be an inability to cope with price crashes. And dependence on perennials is associated with poor governance and an increased risk of civil war. Whether perennial crops become part of the solution to poverty or part of the problem will depend on policy choices, both in producer countries and globally. Bibliogr., note, sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]