Do Insect and Mold Damage Affect Maize Prices in Africa? Evidence from Malawi

Michael Jones, Corinne Alexander, Nicole Olynk Widmar, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, Jess M. Lowenberg-DeBoer
2016 Modern Economy  
Economic losses to stored grain can potentially come from both quantity losses and quality losses in the form of price discounts for damage from insects and mold. This article uses choice experiments conducted with physical samples of maize to estimate discounts for damaged grain among maize traders in Malawi. Using the Equality Constrained Latent Class method to correct for non-attendance to the price attribute, we find that traders place a statistically and economically significant discount
more » ... nificant discount on insect-damaged maize. We estimate that a 1% increase in maize damage reduces the price of maize by 2.8% to 3.6%, depending on damage level. We discuss the implications of these results for farmers' incentives to adopt improved storage technologies that can reduce post-harvest losses.
doi:10.4236/me.2016.711115 fatcat:5vaowmmmi5agbjhna7mgymo4me