The changing public role in a rice economy approaching self-sufficiency: the case of Bangladesh

Goletti, F. (1994) The changing public role in a rice economy approaching self-sufficiency: the case of Bangladesh. Other. International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, USA.

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The main objective of the report is to investigate the changing role of government intervention in foodgrain markets when a country is moving toward rice self-sufficiency, and it does this using the case study of Bangladesh. The study explains the performance of markets and the public sector within the context of growing rice production. Four specific issues are examined: the issue of how effective private markets are in transmitting information over time and space; the issue of price stabilization in order to understand its relevance to the overall goals of food policy; the prospect of declining rice prices and the concern that elimination of price support policies such as procurement will put a further downward pressure on prices; and the prospect for rice exports. If the likely situation at the end of the 1990s is one of moderate rice surplus coupled with wheat deficit, some attention should be given to the possibility of trade in foodgrains. Two major features of the Bangladesh foodgrain sector emerged during the 1970s and 1980s: first, production growth in rice, the main staple of the country, has been sustained and increasingly stable, the outcome of adoption of high-yielding varieties and modern technology; and secondly an increasingly favourable attitude toward development of the private market has characterized the policy environment. The paper ends with conclusions that have emerged from the study

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Author Affiliation: International Food Policy Research Institute
Subjects: Social Sciences > Marketing
Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2012 03:59
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2012 03:59

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