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Cotton in Zambia: An Assessment of its Organization, Performance, Current Policy Initiatives, and Challenges for the Future

Tschirley, David L.; Zulu, Ballard; Shaffer, James D.; Tschirley, David L.; Zulu, Ballard; Shaffer, James D.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2004
Abstract
This paper grows out of earlier work on cotton by the Food Security Research Project. It is directed towards policy makers and private stakeholders in Zambia’s cotton sector, and has four main purposes: (a) To provide a detailed descriptive overview of the organization of the sector and of the behavior of key public and private participants in the sector; (b) To assess cotton’s role in smallholder livelihood strategies, and its competitiveness at the farm level with a key alternative crop–maize; (c) To critically evaluate recent policy initiatives in the sector and suggest key modifications that might be needed; and (d) To identify the primary challenges that th...
Subjects
free text keywords: food security, food policy, Zambia, cotton, smallholder livelihood, Crop Production/Industries, Q18,, Crop Production/Industries, food security, food policy, Zambia, cotton, smallholder livelihood
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Actors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2.1.1. Small-holders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2.1.2. Ginners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

2.1.3. Input Dealers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

2.1.4. Textile Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

2.1.5. Government and NGOs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Key Coordination Mechanisms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

2.2.1. Ginners and Smallholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

2.2.2. For Input Distribution and Credit Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

2.2.3. For Price Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

2.2.4. For Conflict Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

2.2.5. Between Ginners and Textile Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

2.2.6. Horizontal Coordination among Ginners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Key Problems in the Sector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

2.3.1. Farm-level Productivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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