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Larsson, Susanna, 2023. Accessing credit through social relationships : a case study of cassava farmers in Central Uganda. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Department of Molecular Sciences



The FAO aims to support local farmers in Nakasongola District, Uganda, to tap into value-added cassava market opportunities. This thesis critically examines farmers' experiences in these cassava markets, challenging classical economic assumptions that underpin the FAO project. It specifically focuses on the regulation of credit access in cassava markets, as it significantly affects farmers' and traders' terms of inclusion in agricultural markets. To gain a comprehensive understanding, a five-week qualitative case study was conducted in a sub-county of Nakasongola, using semi-structured interviews as the primary data collection method. The study reveals that farmers' decision-making is guided by a Chaynovian concept of "moral economy" rather than profit maximization principles of the market. The study shows that informal social institutions based on trust, reciprocity, and reputation play a crucial role in the farmers' lives. This includes informal credit institutions that are governed by similar mechanisms where access is based on social relationships including trust, friendship, and reputation. Therefore, social relationships become essential for farmers to meet their reproduction needs. The study implies that to ensure the success of future development projects, it is crucial to understand the local context and how existing institutions will shape the introduction of new ones, a concept known as institutional bricolage. This thesis provides an in-depth empirical example of how real agricultural market function and the reasoning of actors within these markets. In addition, the study has contributes to the theoretical discussion of agrarian change, and extends the theory of access by Ribot & Peluso by applying it to credit relations.

Main title:Accessing credit through social relationships
Subtitle:a case study of cassava farmers in Central Uganda
Authors:Larsson, Susanna
Supervisor:Bartholdson, Örjan and Pain, Adam
Examiner:Müller, Bettina
Series:Molecular Sciences
Volume/Sequential designation:2023:22
Year of Publication:2023
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM028 Sustainable Food Systems - Master's Programme, 120.0hp
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Molecular Sciences
Keywords:credit, access, agricultural market systems, value chain, moral economy, institutional bricolage
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Deposited On:11 Aug 2023 06:08
Metadata Last Modified:12 Aug 2023 01:01

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