Leveraging Rural Institutions for Collective Action to Improve Markets for the Poor: Lessons and Policy Options uri icon

abstract

  • Market transactions in rural areas of sub-SaharanAfrica (SSA) are usually small, because the marketsare thin and point-to-point transportation ofcommodities is difficult. The prices offered are notcompetitive and volumes traded are usually seasondependent. Where market infrastructure is weakand under-developed, liberalization and structuraladjustment policies have not been able to improvemarket access; and the private sector has failedto make the investments needed for proper andeffective market coordination

publication date

  • 2006