Transaction costs and food security: A case of maize in southern highlands of Tanzania

The study will asses transaction costs in the maize marketing channels in Southern Highlands of Tanzania (Iringa, Mbeya and Ruvuma). This is a major maize producing zone. Linking this zone with food deficit regions like coastal areas and Dar es Saalaam regions is important for food security in Tanzania. This requires a well functioning market which lowers transaction costs hence stimulates maize production and distribution to deficit areas at affordable prices. Therefore, understanding nature and magnitude of transaction costs especially non-transportation costs in the maize marketing channels will be studied to provide information to guide formulating appropriate policies for food security in Tanzania.
L’étude évaluera des coûts de transaction dans les circuits de vente de maïs dans les montagnes méridionales de la Tanzanie (Iringa, Mbeya et Ruvuma). C’est une zone importante de production de maïs. La liaison de cette zone avec des régions de carence alimentaire comme des régions côtiëres et celles de Dar es Saalaam est importante pour la sécurité alimentaire en Tanzanie. Ceci exige un marché fiable qui abaisse des coûts de transaction, par conséquent stimule la production et la distribution de maïs aux zones de déficit aux prix accessibles. Par conséquent, la nature comprehensive et l’ampleur des coûts de transaction, particulièrement les coûts de non-transport dans les circuits de vente de maïs seront étudiées pour fournir des informations pouvant guider la formulation des politiques appropriées pour la sécurité alimentaire en Tanzanie.
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East Africa
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