ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The New and Changing Roles of Cold Storages in the Potato Supply Chain in Bihar

There have been dramatic increases and rapid upscaling of modern cold storages in Bihar, one of the poorest states in India and an area where smallholders dominate. These investments have been triggered by market reform, investment subsidies, and better overall public service provision and governance. Almost all potato farmers, small and large, participate in cold storage and the availability of cold storages is associated with improved efficiency in value chains because of lower wastages even as a number of these cold storages have become involved in input, output, and especially credit markets. The increasing availability of modern cold storages has therefore led to important changes in potato value chains, with significant implications for smallholders.

The authors acknowledge funding of the project by IFAD and by the NAIP-India and would like to thank Thelma Paris and Prakash Thakur for their support in the implementation of the project, Sudhansu Behera and the (late) Sri Raman for the supervision of the survey. The authors also acknowledge the detailed comments and suggestions of an anonymous referee. These comments improved the quality of the article considerably.

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