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Consumption of fruits and vegetables by types and sources across urban and rural Senegal

Ndeye Fatou Faye (Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles, Dakar, Senegal)
Talla Fall (International Food Policy Research Institute, Dakar, Senegal)
Thomas Reardon (Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA) (International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Veronique Theriault (Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Yacine Ngom (United States Agency for International Development Feed the Future Policy Systems Services, Dakar, Senegal)
Mamadou Bobo Barry (Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles, Dakar, Senegal)
Mouhamed Rassoul Sy (Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Article publication date: 14 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper analyzes the consumption of fruits and vegetables (FV) in Senegal by: (1) urban and rural areas; (2) FV types (African-indigenous vs non-indigenous); (3) sources of FV (imports, purchases and own-production).

Design/methodology/approach

The authors undertake descriptive and regression analyses on consumption of FV sourced from purchases, own-production and gifts. The data come from primary surveys in 2017/2018 of 6,328 rural and urban households in Senegal.

Findings

The analysis showed that FV are important in urban and rural food consumption. A stunning 76% of rural FV consumption is from purchases, showing the importance of FV supply chains even into and among rural areas. Only 12% of national FV consumption is from imports. Most FV consumption in rural and urban areas is now of non-indigenous FV; African-indigenous FV have a minor share.

Research limitations/implications

A limitation of this paper is that it uses a cross-sectional dataset.

Originality/value

There are few national survey-based studies of FV consumption in Africa. This is the first to disaggregate FV consumption between primary versus secondary cities and rural towns, and rural areas close to and far from cities, in such detail regarding types and sources of FV as outlined in the findings. The regressions contribute by including determinants beyond income, including gender, employment, spatiality and education.

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Acknowledgements

This research was made possible by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through funding to the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity and Influence (PRCI) under grant 7200AA19LE000001. The contents are the responsibility of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

Citation

Faye, N.F., Fall, T., Reardon, T., Theriault, V., Ngom, Y., Barry, M.B. and Sy, M.R. (2023), "Consumption of fruits and vegetables by types and sources across urban and rural Senegal", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-05-2022-0090

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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