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Information, direct access to farmers, and rural market performance in central India, Volume 1
Author:Goyal, Aparajita; Country:India;
Date Stored:2010/05/21Document Date:2010/05/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Markets and Market Access; Crops and Crop Management Systems; Agribusiness; E-Business; Access to Markets
Language:EnglishRegion:South Asia
Report Number:WPS5315Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5315
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper estimates the impact of a change in procurement strategy of a private buyer in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Beginning in October 2000, internet kiosks and warehouses were established that provide wholesale price information and an alternative marketing channel to soy farmers in the state. Using a new market-level dataset, the estimates suggest a significant increase in soy price after the introduction of kiosks, supporting the predictions of the theoretical model. Moreover, there is a robust increase in area under soy cultivation. The results point towards an improvement in the functioning of rural agricultural markets.

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