Remember the marketing boards?
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CTA. 1999. Remember the marketing boards?. Spore 83. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Export Crop Liberalization in Africa:
Is life better without the marketing boards? In the mid 1980s purchasing, processing, and exporting of commodities was almost entirely in the hands of the marketing boards. They also played an important role in supplying inputs to farmers, often on credit. Today, most boards have gone the way of all things mortal and structurally adjusted. The few remaining boards are losing out to the private sector, or they have withdrawn to nontrading activities like promotion and regulation. In Export Crop Liberalization in Africa, a cautious review is made of these changes, looking at cotton, coffee, and cocoa boards in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia. In general, producer returns have been higher, and payments prompter. However, problems persist with input supply, quality control and processing, and the book implies they require intervention. Yet another study that leads you to conclude that the uncontrolled marketplace is not all magic. Export Crop Liberalization in Africa: A Review. FAO. 1999. 89 pp. ISBN 92 5 104258 6.$20.00, e19.25 FAO Publications See FAO reference elsewhere in this section for address.