Banana Value Chains in Central Africa: Constraints and Opportunities Report as inadecuate

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Smallholder farmers in developing countries need to improve their position in foodvalue chains in order to improve their margins and as a strategy for coping withagricultural food price volatility through innovations within the chains. Value chainmappings and gross margin analysis were employed to assess constraints andopportunities for existing value chains for bananas in Central Africa using market surveydata. The results showed weak linkages within the banana value chains with poorintegration of value chain actors and minimal involvement with regional markets andhigh-value domestic chains such as supermarkets. Value addition in terms of agroprocessingwas carried out at small scale levels using rudimentary techniques limiting thefinal product to low value markets. Transaction costs comprising transport, handling andstorage comprised a high proportion of cost items in the value chain. Generally, thefindings suggest that efforts aimed at strengthening linkages within the value chains,collective marketing, penetration into high-value chains and improved processingtechniques may provide a potential avenue for enhancing banana value chains in CentralAfrica.

Keywords: banana value chains ; smallholder farmers ; Central Africa ; collective action

Subject(s): Crop Production/Industries

Issue Date: 2010-09

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

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Total Pages: 14

Record appears in: African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) > 2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa

Author: Ouma, Emily Awuor ; Jagwe, John


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