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Drivers of smoked marine fish prices and challenges along the value chain

Awura-Abena Amoah Osei (Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Education, Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development, Kumasi, Ghana)
Seth Etuah (Department of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Extension, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Robert Aidoo (Department of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Extension, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Simon Cudjoe Fialor (Department of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Extension, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Faizal Adams (Department of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Extension, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 21 September 2022

Issue publication date: 3 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The objectives of this paper are to analyze the drivers of smoked marine fish prices and examine the challenges along the value chain to inform policy.

Design/methodology/approach

The study relies on cross-sectional data from 158 fish smokers, 100 wholesalers, and 120 retailers in Ghana. The challenges faced by the actors along the chain are identified and ranked using Kendall's coefficient of concordance. The three-stage least square estimation approach is employed to control for endogeneity resulting from the simultaneous equations for prices of different fish types and their substitutes.

Findings

The results reveal that marketing experience, the extent of competition, price of substitutes, payment terms, and variable cost items, such as transportation cost and storage charges, are key determinants of smoked fish prices along the value chain. Lack of access to credit is the main constraint to the marketing of smoked marine fish, irrespective of the actor or the fish type.

Originality/value

Many studies have established the linkages between fish consumption, prices, and food security in the literature. However, there is a dearth of information on the responsiveness of fish prices to changes in the market and seller-specific factors to drive policy to stabilize prices along the value chain.

Peer review

The peer review history for this article is available at: https://publons.com/publon/10.1108/IJSE-09-2021-0566

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Citation

Osei, A.-A.A., Etuah, S., Aidoo, R., Fialor, S.C. and Adams, F. (2023), "Drivers of smoked marine fish prices and challenges along the value chain", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 50 No. 2, pp. 242-259. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-09-2021-0566

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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