September 27th, 2012

Inside Africa’s supermarket sweepstakes

Supermarket chains are jockeying to serve millions of new customers in the developing world, including Africa. But what does that mean for the country’s local, small-scale farmers?

A new story in our Food for Nine Billion project with American Public Media’s Marketplace looks at how these new supermarkets could lift millions of small farmers out of poverty by buying their crops. But if supermarkets bypass them in favor of cheaper and more reliable imports, their livelihoods could be threatened. Get the full story here.

Photo: The South African supermarket chain Pick n Pay opened this store in Lusaka, Zambia, two years ago. Credit: Gretchen L. Wilson/Homelands Productions

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