Print out a map of the country at the district level for each of the commodities
listed above at the provincial level with both the market locations (Worksheet in
Appendix C) and the production areas (worksheet in Appendix B).
For each staple food draw on a separate map the markets that you identified as
important for the marketing of that commodity. Next show the direction of the
movement of the commodity with arrows.
Write a brief summary of the insights that you learned in this process. The
summary should include comments about:
What are the major markets for the main staple food in the country?
What major markets for the other important staple foods are there in the
What are the flows from farmer to consumer of the major staple foods in
terms of spatial movement?
Tips if the answers to the above questions are not easily available:
Try to identify any marketing studies that have been done for your country. A
good source to acquire these studies are universities, donors (who sometimes
fund these studies), other government ministry offices, and NGOs.
Visit some of the major traders and millers in a country and discuss the
structure and performance of the marketing of specific commodities.