Bellemare, Marc F. (2010): As You Sow, So Shall You Reap: The Welfare Impacts of Contract Farming.
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What is the impact of participation in agricultural value chains on the welfare of smallholders? Contract farming, wherein a processing firm delegates its production of agricultural commodities to growers, is often viewed as a means of increasing smallholder welfare in developing countries. Because the problem posed by the nonrandom participation of grower smallholders in contract farming has so far not been dealt with convincingly, however, whether participation in contract farming actually increases smallholder welfare is still up for debate. This paper uses an experimentally derived nonparametric measure of willingness to pay to enter contract farming to control for actual participation in contract farming. Using data from Madagascar, results indicate that participation in contract farming is associated with a 10- to 16-percent increase in income; a 15-percent decrease in income volatility; a two-month decrease in the duration of the hungry season; and a 31-percent increase in the likelihood of receiving a formal loan.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||As You Sow, So Shall You Reap: The Welfare Impacts of Contract Farming|
|Keywords:||Contract Farming, Welfare, Grower-Processor Contracts, Outgrower Schemes|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L23 - Organization of Production
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O13 - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L24 - Contracting Out; Joint Ventures; Technology Licensing
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q1 - Agriculture > Q12 - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O14 - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
|Depositing User:||Marc F Bellemare|
|Date Deposited:||07. Dec 2010 23:47|
|Last Modified:||01. Mar 2013 11:08|
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