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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 9 Understanding market mobility: perceptions of smallholder farmers in Bangladesh
Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 19882001 9 Understanding market mobility: perceptions of smallholder farmers in Bangladesh Kamal Kar and Dipankar Datta Background local markets by bypassing `middlemen' and selling their produce directly to consumers and This article describes the experience of wholesalers. A number of conventional impact participatory research with smallholder assessment and monitoring surveys were farmers in central Bangladesh. The research carried out by NGOs (including Proshika). looked at how and why farmers use different Economic empowerment indicators were used markets to sell their products and what could to study changes in market mobility1 and group members' access to various markets for be done to maximize their profit. maximising their profits. While the earlier surveys revealed information about marketing Bangladesh is largely an agricultural country with a total area of 147,960 sq. km. With a outlets in general, they did not address specific population of 118.7 million (official estimate, issues of market choice, access and 1994) it is also one of the world's most profitablity. densely populated countries, with more than 806 people per sq. km. GNP per capita stood Objectives at just US$230 in 1994, making it, by this crude measure, one of the world's poorest Given these ...