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Title:The Impact of Market Liberalisation on Food Security in Zambia
Author:Seshamani, Venkatesh
Periodical:Food Policy
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:economic policy
food policy
agricultural policy
agricultural marketing
Economics and Trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Abstract:The growing food insecurity in Zambia in the 1990s coincides with the country's entry into the era of economic liberalization in which trade liberalization and notably agricultural market liberalization have been a principal component. The apparent correlation between increasing food insecurity and progress in market liberalization is apt to make one think that the liberalization of food and food input markets has been the major cause of the worsening food security situation. But such a conclusion, if arrived at, would be overly facile. While market liberalization has been followed by negative effects on food production and food access, it has also had positive impacts. Besides, even the negative impacts may not be attributable to the liberalization policies per se but to the manner in which they have been implemented. In particular, the pace, sequencing and politicization of the implementation of policy changes have caused problems. This paper sketches the trends in food production and consumption in Zambia; analyses the logic of market liberalization; enumerates the specific policies that have been introduced since 1992; describes the positive and negative outcomes witnessed so far and explains the cause of these outcomes. Bibliogr., sum.