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From Futures Markets to the Farm Gate: A Study of Price Formation along Tanzania’s Coffee Commodity Chain

Bargawi, Hannah and Newman, Susan (2017) 'From Futures Markets to the Farm Gate: A Study of Price Formation along Tanzania’s Coffee Commodity Chain.' Economic Geography, 93 (2). pp. 162-184.

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Abstract

This article examines the nature of price formation and transmission in the Tanzanian coffee price chain. To date, research on the real-world processes of price formation have been scant in economic geography and extant literatures. This article addresses this by focusing on price formation in geographically distant but connected markets, and the interaction between global and local price dynamics. The article employs a new framework that builds on chain and network approaches by integrating concepts from marketization and institutional approaches. The study finds that the world price of coffee has become increasingly volatile as a result of the behavior of international coffee traders and broader shifts in the character of global capital accumulation. It also demonstrates the varying role domestic marketing and local-level institutions play in shaping price formation and cushioning Tanzanian producers from sudden price changes. Finally, the study highlights the role prices, via these local-level institutions, play in extenuating differentiation between producers, creating winners and losers.

Item Type: Articles
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00130095.2016.1204894
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies > Centre for Development, Policy and Research (CDPR)
ISSN: 19448287
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/00130095.2016.1204894
Depositing User: Hannah Bargawi
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 14:36
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22646

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