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Auctions in markets herald higher incomes for Malawi’s crop-livestock farmers 

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Resource ID

18556

Access

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Diversification, Market Access and Value Chains, Youth

Systems

Farming Systems, Crops and Livestock Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa, Malawi

CSR Activity

No

Global Date

04/Sep/2020

Title

Auctions in markets herald higher incomes for Malawi’s crop-livestock farmers

Keywords

Malawi, Crop-livestock farmers, Higher incomes,CLIM2, Goat auction sales, Improved livelihoods, Diversification, Southern Malawi, Livelihoods, Rural youth, Rural farmers, Small scale entrepreneurs

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Eastern & Southern Africa Program

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1870-2, 04 September 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/auctions-in-markets-herald-higher-incomes-for-malawis-crop-livestock-farmers/

Description

Goats are of high value for farmers in the southern Malawi. One-in-three farmers own goats; a flock size of up to 10 goats provides regular supplementary income. Women and men seem equally successful in raising profits from goats. The money from goat sales is used to buy inputs for crop production or food during periods of shortage and to pay for the education of children. However, farmers benefit very little from their sales especially due to low prices that they fetch through farm-gate sales, the predominant market channel. For instance, at the beginning of planting season, goat prices usually plummet due to increased supply. The demand for goat meat peaks only two months after, during the festive season towards the end of the year.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

04/Sep/2020

SDG

01-No_Poverty, 02-Zero_Hunger, 08-Decent_Work_and_Economic_Growth, 17-Partnerships_For_The_Goals

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