Market Assessment of Bean and Cowpea Grain and Processed Value-Added Products, and Determination of Both Constraints to and Potential for Growth of Markets in the ESA Region
INIA (Mozambique); University of the Free State (South Africa)
Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer, Joan Fulton (US); Patrick Kambewa (Malawi); Anna Temu (Tanzania)
Most of the bean and cowpea research by the Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP), National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), and the International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs) in Eastern and Southern Africa has focused on production issues. Few studies have focused on bean and cowpea marketing in the region. A greater understanding of bean and cowpea markets is a prerequisite for CRSP impact in the region. Consumer preference and market information could help target CRSP research to traits and practices that lead to bean and cowpea products having characteristics that facilitate marketing. The benefit of the new bean and cowpea products should be felt directly by producers as they should be able to sell more of their product at a higher price.
1. Provide an initial description of the market structure for beans and cowpea grain and processed products in Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. 2. Improve understanding of consumer bean and cowpea preferences in Eastern and Southern Africa.