Second most important Third most
staple crop staple crop staple crop
The final step in the process of identifying the production patterns is to summarize the
information gathered during this process. The questions in
should be written out,
and then discussed with the Ministry of Agriculture professionals that are aware of the
agricultural production situation in your country to ensure that you have an accurate as
In the example from Zambia, there are some important aspects of the agricultural production
pattern that are noteworthy for price analysis. The main staple crop for Zambia is maize.
The other important staple food crops grown in Zambia are cassava, sorghum and millet.
Cassava is the main staple crop in Luapula and Northern provinces, and to a lesser in extent
Northwestern and Western provinces.
The major cash crop grown in Zambia is maize. Other crops widely grown cash crops
among small holder farmers are groundnuts and sweet potatoes. Tobacco and cotton are
mainly grown in the Eastern and Southern provinces of Zambia.
3.2.2 Consumption patterns
Knowledge of consumption patterns is also critical in price analysis because:
it provides the basis for selecting which commodities to be monitored since rich and
poor households tend to consume different products
it provides the basis for selecting which commodities to monitor in specific markets