Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers on Linking Farmers to Markets: Barriers, Incentives, and Policy Options


Asian Development Bank Institute

Better access to domestic and international markets allows rural farmers to sell their products at higher prices, motivating them to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of the goods they produce and sell more. Reliable market access also promotes regional income growth, food security, and poverty and hunger alleviation. Yet, smallholder farmers’ market access remains constrained by factors such as their remote locations, information asymmetry, high transaction costs, and lack of business skills, particularly in developing countries.

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is seeking papers on barriers, incentives, and policy options for linking farmers in Asian countries to other markets in the region and globally. Selected papers will be featured during an ADBI conference and considered for inclusion in a special issue of Economic Analysis and Policy, an SSCI journal with a current impact factor of 4.444. Paper topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Market Access Barriers and Solutions

  • Barriers to domestic and international market access
  • Incomplete and complete markets
  • Market modernization, liberalization, and integration
  • Marketing contract and channel options
  • Participation in high-value chains
  • Market competition and power
  • Coordination mechanisms
  • The role of development programs (e.g., government programs, collective action, or farmer organizations) in promoting market access
  • Market access in the post-COVID-19 world

Market Access Impacts

  • Farm economic performance (e.g., revenue, yield, efficiency, production diversity, quality upgrading, and production risks)
  • Marketing performance (e.g., commercialization decisions, marketing efficiency, sales price, sales decision-making, bargaining power, transaction cost reduction, and contractual arrangements)
  • Objective well-being (e.g., livelihoods, consumption, income, food security, nutrition intake, and dietary diversity)
  • Subjective well-being (e.g., happiness, life satisfaction, and loneliness)
  • Women’s empowerment and intra-household decision-making (e.g., labor allocation and migration)
  • Transition to sustainable food systems (e.g., adoption of sustainable technologies, food production, and consumption, and food waste/loss management )
  • Rural-urban income gap and urbanization
  • Linkages with global value chains

Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit their full papers via this link by 30 June 2023. Please select “VSI: Linking Farmers to Markets” when choosing the submission type.

Economic Analysis and Policy charges a non-refundable fee of $70 for new submissions. A 50% discount to $35 (plus relevant VAT) is available for submitting authors who are members of any state/territory branch of the Economic Society of Australia.

ADBI can cover the submission fee for authors who are citizens of an Asian Development Bank member economy. However, authors need to consult the guest editors for approval by sending their papers to the guest editors via email. The guest editor will provide quick feedback based on the appropriateness of the manuscripts. Authors who decide to pay the submission fee themselves can submit their manuscripts to the special issue directly, without consulting the guest editors.

Paper submissions must be original and neither currently published nor under consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers must also comply with the author’s guidelines for Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

All submissions will be subject to double-blind peer review and editorial processes in accordance with the policies of EAP.

Arrangements for Selected Papers

Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the ADBI conference in Tokyo on 30-31 August 2023.

Final decisions about the publication of selected papers in the journal special issue will be made following the conference.

Guest Editors

  • Wanglin Ma, Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Dil Rahut, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Tetsushi Sonobe, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Binlei Gong, Zhejiang University, China

Inquiries may be directed to Wanglin Ma of Lincoln University and ADBI’s Dil Rahut.