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An Assessment of Market Information Systems in East Africa

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This briefing paper presents the results of an assessment carried out to explore the current use of sustainable (without on-going donor support) and scalable (potentially to millions of farmers) agricultural market price information systems (MIS) in Africa, with a particular focus on East Africa. Its goal is to add value to the discussion in the region regarding alternative approaches to improving affordable access to market prices to value chain actors, including poor smallholder farmers—the target beneficiaries of USAID Feed the Future projects. The research, which was conducted between May and October 2012, included interviews with managers from MIS providers in Africa, along with practitioners and academics.