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Efficiency of the rice market channel in the Office du Niger

Ödén, Linnéa LU (2011) NEKM01 20111
Department of Economics
Abstract
The Office du Niger is the most important rice production area in Mali. It plays an important role
in ensuring food security for the country‟s rapidly growing population. In order for the Office du
Niger rice sector to keep supplying consumers with sufficient amounts of rice, an efficient market
channel (i.e. the chain through which the rice must pass from producer to final consumer) is
needed. In an attempt to meet the growing demand for rice the Government of Mali in 2008
launched the “Rice Initiative” program, which principally consists of heavy subsidization of
fertilizer and improved access to input credit. This thesis evaluates the efficiency of the market
channel of the Office du Niger. It also briefly evaluates how it has... (More)
The Office du Niger is the most important rice production area in Mali. It plays an important role
in ensuring food security for the country‟s rapidly growing population. In order for the Office du
Niger rice sector to keep supplying consumers with sufficient amounts of rice, an efficient market
channel (i.e. the chain through which the rice must pass from producer to final consumer) is
needed. In an attempt to meet the growing demand for rice the Government of Mali in 2008
launched the “Rice Initiative” program, which principally consists of heavy subsidization of
fertilizer and improved access to input credit. This thesis evaluates the efficiency of the market
channel of the Office du Niger. It also briefly evaluates how it has been affected by the
Government‟s “Rice Initiative” program. Evaluation is done through analysis of the structure and
reforms of the Office du Niger rice market channel, with a main focus on efficiency in terms of
competition, concentration and vertical coordination between market channel participants. Lastly,
it assesses the effect of the “Rice Initiative” program on this level of efficiency. The thesis
concludes that the level of competition in the market channel is very high, but that coordination is
lacking. Efficiency could be improved if vertical coordination were to be encouraged, at the cost
of higher market concentration and decreased competition. This should be considered when
further developing the “Rice Initiative” program. (Less)
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author
Ödén, Linnéa LU
supervisor
organization
course
NEKM01 20111
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Rice, Office du Niger, Concentration, Coordination, Competition, Market channel, Agricultural policy, Subsidization
language
English
id
2063629
date added to LUP
2011-08-16 08:40:40
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  abstract     = {The Office du Niger is the most important rice production area in Mali. It plays an important role 
in ensuring food security for the country‟s rapidly growing population. In order for the Office du
Niger rice sector to keep supplying consumers with sufficient amounts of rice, an efficient market
channel (i.e. the chain through which the rice must pass from producer to final consumer) is
needed. In an attempt to meet the growing demand for rice the Government of Mali in 2008
launched the “Rice Initiative” program, which principally consists of heavy subsidization of
fertilizer and improved access to input credit. This thesis evaluates the efficiency of the market
channel of the Office du Niger. It also briefly evaluates how it has been affected by the
Government‟s “Rice Initiative” program. Evaluation is done through analysis of the structure and
reforms of the Office du Niger rice market channel, with a main focus on efficiency in terms of
competition, concentration and vertical coordination between market channel participants. Lastly,
it assesses the effect of the “Rice Initiative” program on this level of efficiency. The thesis
concludes that the level of competition in the market channel is very high, but that coordination is
lacking. Efficiency could be improved if vertical coordination were to be encouraged, at the cost
of higher market concentration and decreased competition. This should be considered when
further developing the “Rice Initiative” program.},
  author       = {Ödén, Linnéa},
  keyword      = {Rice,Office du Niger,Concentration,Coordination,Competition,Market channel,Agricultural policy,Subsidization},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Efficiency of the rice market channel in the Office du Niger},
  year         = {2011},
}