International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Structure, Conduct and Performance of Groundnuts Markets in Northern and Central Malawi: Case Studies of Mzimba and Kasungu Districts
Wisdom Madede Nzima, Joseph Dzanja, Bonnet Kamwana

This paper explores and assesses efficiency of the structure, conduct and performance of groundnuts markets in northern and central Malawi. Smallholder farmers and traders involved in groundnuts were interviewed. Using time series price data, the spatially distinct groundnuts markets were also examined. The results show that most smallholder farmers adopted Chalimbana and CG7 groundnut varieties, over-recycle groundnut seed, and do not use recommended seed rate. Five different groundnut marketing channels are identified. However, there is minimal value addition in all channels. The markets are weakly integrated and segmented with a few sellers. The study highlights the need for organised groundnut seed systems to ensure supply of high quality seed to farmers; strengthened market oriented extension services; improved roads to production areas; improved and affordable technologies on production and value addition; vibrant farmer organisations and improved market information generation and dissemination to farmers and traders.

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