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close this bookExporting High-Value Food Commodities: Success Stories from Developing Countries (WB, 1993, 119 p.)
close this folderII. Economic and institutional issues in the marketing of high-value foods
close this folderGeneric barriers to entry and coordination in food commodity systems
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2.22 Food products, raw materials, production, marketing infrastructure, and marketing services have intrinsic technical and economic properties which, particularly in developing countries, frequently lead producers and marketing entities to experience severe problems related to production and market risk, inadequate or asymmetric information, transaction costs, logistics, and overall marketing costs. Each can therefore serve as major barriers to production, exchange, and coordination in commodity systems. In this section, we briefly discuss some of these intrinsic problems in food marketing-- problems which will commonly arise even in favorable policy environments.