REGIONAL TRADE AND PRICING OF MAIZE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

This paper discusses the potential for intra-regional trade and sub-regional adjustment in the maize economy of the four SADC-countries Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and additionally South Africa. Sub-regional adjustments in supply, demand, prices and trade patterns are analysed employing a spatial partial equilibrium model. For the regional staple food product, maize, it can be shown that trade contributes to cost-minimal procurement and distribution of food in the region. Despite of a current degree of self-sufficiency of around one hundred percent in any of the countries (Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe) trade with a neighboring country would occur. Furthermore, South Africa would sell considerable amounts of maize to Southern Zimbabwe. Furthermore, the implications of drought for the maize economy are investigated.


Issue Date:
1994-12-1994-12-1994-12
Publication Type:
Journal Article
ISSN:
0303-1853
Language:
English
Published in:
Agrekon, Volume 33, Issue 4
Page range:
175-183




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