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CTA. 2000. Which market? . Spore 89. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Review of market information systems in Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana and Zimbabwe - Study report, P Robbins. CTA. 2000. 83pp. ISBN 92 9081 2303 CTA number 982. 10 credit points
We all know the value of farmers getting a clear idea of the market for their produce, especially with the world s markets opening up and local price guarantee schemes being condemned to the history books. The problem for many producers is that the liberalisation which may bring greater market opportunities has also removed some of the government-operated market information services (MIS) on which they once relied for information about prices, delivery and demand. The issue now is how to plug into new services, and indeed how to co-manage them. This study, of typical MIS in four countries, stresses the need for involving all stakeholders in a given sector with local, decentralised operations. As such it provides a practical framework for planners of agricultural MIS in general. Unlike other recent works, which enthuse about in modern information technology in MIS, this report has a rare and sobering comment. By all means, make MIS efficient and accessible, but remember: 'Farmers can benefit from market information only if they have the means of altering cropping patterns, holding back stock, negotiating with several customers and arranging transport to several destinations. Sadly, many African farmers are unable to do any of these things'. Until MIS strategies are meshed with other efforts to empower farmers, the power of the marketplace will remain a distant illusion. Review of market information systems in Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana and Zimbabwe - Study report, P Robbins. CTA. 2000. 83pp. ISBN 92 9081 2303 CTA number 982. 10 credit points