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Southern Africa Policy Brief - Improved small scale farmer access to fresh produce agri-food markets in South Africa

This policy brief forms part of the Regoverning Markets study in Southern Africa. It has endeavored to analyse market
concentration in the food processing and retail sectors, as well as to predict future dynamics. Such changes in the agrifood
sector have come as a result of the restructuring of food markets in the structure and governance of local, national,
and regional agri-food markets, the implications of these changes for small/medium producers of the restructuring of the
food industry and the implications for policies and programmes within the context of the agrI-food market. Globally this
restructuring phenomenon is driven by a mix of socioeconomic factors on the demand side and various factors on the
supply side (Reardon, et al, 2003).This phenomenon is also evident in South Africa (Louw, et al, 2007). This paper will
mainly focus on fresh produce (i.e. the vegetable sub- sector) agri-food markets.

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