This ADB study documents the transformation of value chains moving rice and potatoes between the farm gate and the consumer in Bangladesh, the People's Republic of China, and India.

There has been a rapid transformation of food supply chains in India over the past two decades. Modern retail sales are growing at 49 percent per year and quickly penetrating urban food markets and even rural markets.

This discussion paper documents differing practices in traditional and modern food supply chains and identifies an agenda for future research. Finds that overall urban consumption is increasing, the urban food basket is shifting away from staples toward high-value products, and modern market channels (modern retail, food processing, and the food service industry) are on the rise.

Rural residents across the developing world earn a large share of
their income