Partial intermediary value-chain coordination and its effects on productivity of sweet potato in Tanzania

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2023
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African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development
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This study investigates the effect of partial intermediary coordination on Tanzania sweet potato productivity. A cross-sectional research design was used, and a sample of 100 small-scale farmers from Kilosa and Gairo Districts were surveyed using both purposive and simple random sampling techniques. Data analysis tools included the Statistical Package for Social Sciences, Microsoft Excel and Ethnographic Content Analysis. Three key value chain actors primary, secondary, and tertiary were identified by the study, along with their roles and linkages. The majority of farmers identified three main factors that affected crop productivity in the research area: Lack of improved cultivars, restricted access to cash, and small parcels cultivated. Coordination between the horizontal and vertical chain is critical for productivity and efficiency. The study also discovered that weak institutional frameworks exist among key participants in value chain nodes. Farmers and buyers conducted the majority of their business on the spot, and all agreements were unwritten. Meanwhile, only 6% of respondents reported that extension officers had notified them of market price offers and demands from profitable markets. Growers are unable to use innovative production techniques that could lead to economies of scale in shared services and collaborative ventures because of current production practices. It was noticed that rather than raising production, the existing intermediate corporations have contributed to lowering transaction costs. Despite these challenges, there is a lot of potentials for the sweet potato crop to transform rural livelihoods and turn into a valuable commodity. Governance needs to be supported by policies that improve market information flow and necessary infrastructures. While intermediate organizations are essential for improving market connections and lowering transaction costs for dispersed smallholders, it is critical for increasing productivity at the primary production level. Last but not least, the local government should put into effect a strategy designed to promote a climate suitable to the crop. Key words: Partial, Productivity, Coordination, Sweet potatoes, Value-Chain, Smallholders, Actors, Farmers.
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Full-text article is also available at https://doi.org/10.18697/ajfand.118.22290
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Partial, Productivity, Coordination, Sweet potatoes, Value-Chain, Smallholders, Farmers
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Mmasa, J. J. (2023). Partial intermediary value-chain coordination and its effects on productivity of sweet potato in Tanzania. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, 23(3), 22624-22649.
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