This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R6344, R6768 and R7013. Regulated
warehouse receipt systems (WRSs) are helping to combat persistent
problems in agricultural marketing and credit systems in sub-Saharan
Africa. Such problems include highly variable seasonal prices
(especially for staple grains), cheating on weights and quality, and
limited access to credit. They stem from a lack of efficient storage
facilities, poor rural transport, poorly developed systems of standard
grades and measures, unreliable market information systems and lack of
collateral for bank loans. WRSs address many of these issues, to the
benefit of both producers and consumers. The systems are open to all
players and include specific mechanisms to ensure access by
smallholders. They are being applied in Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda,
Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan,
Moldova, Poland and Russia.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (12
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPH18, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 89.