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Title:Institutional Constraints as 'Rules of the Game': Reflections on Coffee Production and Marketing in Moshi Rural District
Author:Itika, Josephat S.
Year:2005
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Volume:21
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:39-56
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:coffee
marketing
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
agricultural production
Moshi District (Tanzania)
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v021/21.1itika.pdf
Abstract:This paper examines the constraints to coffee production and marketing in Moshi Rural District (Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania) based on a study conducted in Mwika and Korine Juu villages in 2002. The paper contributes to the ongoing discourse in Tanzania about constraints in agricultural sector performance by using the concept of 'institutions as rules of the game' from the New Institutional Economics paradigm. Focusing on coffee, the paper analyses the surrounding regulatory framework (laws, rules, regulations, norms, practices, procedures) and their impact on coffee production and marketing as perceived by key stakeholders. Lessons from the two villages where the study was conducted suggest a number of institutional constraints in the production and marketing of coffee. These are traditional norms and customs relating to land rights, the regulatory voucher system, quality culture, registration of coffee companies, tax structure and the structure of the Apex Union. The paper concludes that the institutional framework is a major setback in realizing the fruits of agricultural sector liberalization. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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