An Agent-Based Model for Agricultural Supply Chains: The Case of Uganda
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa with a population estimated at 35 million. 85 % of the population still lives in rural areas and survives mainly on subsistence farming by growing crops such as matooke, beans, sweet potatoes, coffee (for export), cassava, maize, millet, groundnuts, sorghum, and sesame. There are many obstacles to moving towards sustainable, market oriented crop production. In this research study, we focus on the effect of logistics costs on crop prices from the farm gate through to markets.
KeywordsSocial Network Supply Chain Sweet Potato Large Farmer Road Infrastructure
We thank the World Bank for the support in the course of this study.
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