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Revising the Roads Investment Strategy in Rural Areas : An Application for Uganda

ACCESS ROAD ACCESS ROADS ACCESS TO MARKETS ACCESSIBILITY AFFORDABLE TRANSPORT AGRICULTURAL VALUE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT ANIMAL TRANSPORT AVAILABILITY OF TRANSPORT AVAILABILITY OF TRANSPORT SERVICES AVERAGE PRICE BICYCLE BICYCLES BIKES BITUMEN BRIDGE BUS BUSES CARRIAGEWAY CARRYING CAPACITY COMMODITY PRICES COMMUNITY ROADS DISTRICT ROAD DISTRICT ROADS DURABLE GOODS EARTH ROAD ECONOMIES OF SCALE EFFICIENT VEHICLE EFFICIENT VEHICLES ELASTICITY OF DEMAND EQUATIONS EXPENDITURE EXPENDITURES EXPENDITURES ON ROADS EXPORT MARKETS FAIR FEEDER ROAD FEEDER ROADS FINANCIAL BURDEN FOOTPATH FOOTPATHS FRAMEWORK FREIGHT FREIGHT FLOWS FREIGHT TRANSPORT FUNDS FOR ROADS GPS GRADE GRAVEL HANDCARTS HAULAGE HIGH TRANSPORT HIGH TRANSPORTATION HIGHWAY HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS HUMAN TRANSPORT IMT INCOME INTERMEDIATE MEANS OF TRANSPORT INTERNATIONAL MARKET INVENTORY INVESTMENT IN ROADS LANDSLIDES LOAD FACTORS LOADING LOCAL AUTHORITIES LORRY LOW VOLUME ROADS LOW VOLUMES OF TRAFFIC MAIN ROAD MAIN ROADS MARKET ACCESS MARKET COMPETITION MARKET CONDITIONS MARKET INFORMATION MARKET INTEGRATION MARKET POWER MARKET PRICE MARKET PRICES MARKET TOWNS MARKETING MEANS OF TRANSPORT MECHANIZATION MIDDLEMEN MOBILITY MODE OF TRANSPORT MODE OF TRANSPORTATION MODE OF TRAVEL MODES OF TRANSPORT MOTOR VEHICLES MOTORCYCLE MOTORCYCLES MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN NATIONAL ROADS NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY NATIONAL TRANSPORT PACK ANIMAL PASSENGER PASSENGER MOBILITY PAVED ROADS PERIODIC MAINTENANCE PERSONAL MOBILITY POOR ROAD POPULATION DENSITY PRICE CHANGES PRICE ELASTICITY PRICE INCREASE PRODUCER PRICES PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC WORKS PURCHASING QUALITY OF TRANSPORT RECONSTRUCTION REDUCTION IN TRIP LENGTH ROAD ROAD ACCESS ROAD BUILDING ROAD CONDITIONS ROAD CONSTRUCTION ROAD FUND ROAD IMPROVEMENT ROAD IMPROVEMENTS ROAD INVESTMENT ROAD INVESTMENTS ROAD MAINTENANCE ROAD MAINTENANCE FUND ROAD NETWORK ROAD PLANNING ROAD QUALITY ROAD SECTOR ROAD SYSTEM ROADS ROUTINE MAINTENANCE RURAL ACCESS RURAL ACCESSIBILITY RURAL AREAS RURAL HOUSEHOLDS RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE RURAL ROAD RURAL ROAD DENSITY RURAL ROAD INVESTMENT RURAL ROADS RURAL ROADS NETWORK RURAL TRANSPORT RURAL TRANSPORT POLICY SALE SALES SEALING SOILS SPEED SUBSTITUTE SUPPLIERS SUPPLY CHAIN SURPLUS SURPLUSES TAX TAXIS TRACKS TRAFFIC TRANSPORT TRANSPORT COST TRANSPORT COST SAVINGS TRANSPORT COSTS TRANSPORT DEMAND TRANSPORT IMPROVEMENTS TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE TRANSPORT MODE TRANSPORT OPERATIONS TRANSPORT OPERATORS TRANSPORT PATTERNS TRANSPORT POLICY TRANSPORT PRICE TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS TRANSPORT RESEARCH TRANSPORT SERVICE TRANSPORT SERVICES TRANSPORT TIME TRANSPORTATION TRANSPORTATION COSTS TRANSPORTATION DATA TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TRAVEL DISTANCE TRAVEL TIME TRIP TRIP LENGTH TRUCK TRANSPORT TRUCKING TRUCKS TRUNK ROADS TYPES OF ROADS URBAN ROADS VALUE OF TIME VEHICLE VEHICLE COSTS VEHICLE TRANSPORT VEHICLE USE WALKING WALKING DISTANCE WHOLESALER WHOLESALERS
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Africa | Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa | East Africa | Uganda
2012-03-19T19:12:16Z | 2012-03-19T19:12:16Z | 2009-09-01

Based on extensive data collection in Uganda, this paper demonstrates that the rural access index, as defined today, should not be a government objective because the benefit of such investment is minimal, whereas achieving rural accessibility at less than 2 kilometers would require massive investments that are not sustainable. Taking into account the fact that plot size is limited on average to less than 1 hectare, a farmer s transport requirement is usually minimal and does not necessarily involve massive investments in infrastructure. This is because most farmers cannot fully load a truck or pay for this service and, even if productivity were to increase significantly, the production threshold would not be reached by most individual farmers. Therefore, in terms of public policy, maintenance of the existing rural roads rather than opening new roads should be given priority; the district feeder road allocation maintenance formula should be revised to take into account economic potential and, finally, policy makers should devote their attention to innovative marketing models from other countries where smallholder loads are consolidated through private-based consolidators.

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