Analysing legume market chains to enhance livelihoods and environmental systems within maize-based farming systems in Malawi

This paper analyzes the marketing of legumes in Malawi with special focus on the seed supply chain, the actors, activities, and the business environment that the commodity goes through as it moves from producers to buyers and consumers. The study found that vendors/private traders usually came from major cities to buy produce in small lots from farmers and mainly used hanging scales. Prices were found to be variable within season and between buyers. Analysis of the seed supply systems indicated that there was mostly informal seed system where farmers either used own-saved seed or seed exchanges.
Cet article analyse la vente des légumineuses au Malawi avec une focalisation spéciale sur la chaîne d’approvisionnements en graines, les acteurs, les activités et l’environnement d’affaires que le produit subit pendant qu’il passe des producteurs aux acheteurs et aux consommateurs. L’étude a constaté que les fournisseurs/commerçants privés sont habituellement venus des villes principales pour acheter le produit dans de petites ventes aux enchères des agriculteurs et ont principalement employé les balances accrochables. Des prix sont avérés variables dans la saison et entre les acheteurs. L’analyse des systèmes d’approvisionnement en graines a indiqué qu’il y avait la plupart du temps un système informel d’approvisionnement en graines où des agriculteurs utilisent soit les graines proprement-gardées, soit les échanges de graines.
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