Is It All About the Money? Extent, Reasons and Triggers for Side-selling in Malawi’s Paprika Supply Chain

Lana A. Repar, Stephen Onakuse, Joe Bogue, Ana Afonso


The purpose of this paper is to advance the knowledge on side-selling. The case study of the paprika supply chain in Central Malawi showed that 36.9% of small-scale farmers engaged in side-selling. It was projected that the focal company lost between 19.9% to 44.6% of paprika due to side-selling. The main reason for side-selling was the higher price offered by local vendors. Binary logit regression indicated that the geographical location, education and income levels, distance to the collection point, a negative impact of contracting on livelihoods, membership in farmers' association and assistance from the Government significantly influenced small-scale farmers’ side-selling.


Binary logit regression; chain management; food supply contracts; Malawi; opportunism

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ISSN 1869-6945


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