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Analysis of Sorghum Prices Movement and Food Security in Sudan (2005 - 2011)

Analysis of Sorghum Prices Movement and Food Security in Sudan (2005 - 2011)

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Title: Analysis of Sorghum Prices Movement and Food Security in Sudan (2005 - 2011)
Author: Mohamed, Azza Badri Hussein
Abstract: This study aimed to analyze the movement of sorghum crop prices and its effect on food security in Sudan. The study relied on secondary data, collected from the Strategic Reserves Corporation, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Department of Food Security), Bank of Sudan reports, official records and World Wide Web (internet). Sorghum prices were collected on monthly basis in three markets; namely, Algadarif, Alobied and Omdurman, for the period 2005-2011, and analyzed by the measures of central tendency and dispersion measures. The study showed a continuous increase in the prices of sorghum crop in Algadarif, Alobied, and Omdurman markets from January 2007 to December 2011 and the highest price recorded was in Alobied market and the lowest was in Algadarif market. The study results a strong correlation between the three markets. The study also showed that there was a surplus in the production of sorghum crop estimated at 88% of self-sufficiency and there was deficit estimated at12% in 2008 and 2010. Also, the study indicated that there was no pries stability for sorghum crop due to weakness of the strategic reserve and price control agencies. The study recommended strengthening the Strategic Reserve Corporation in the maintenance of prices stability and taking advantage of surplus of sorghum crop for export, rehabilitation of the infrastructure for storing the crop by increasing the number of silos and warehouses, increase government spending on research and extension of the crop to develop improved varieties appropriate with climate condition to get high productivity that reduces cost of production and reflect that on marketing cost of sorghum.
Description: 70 Pages
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/16035
Date: 2015-09-13


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