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Poultry production and rural poverty among small-scale farmers in Mzimba District of Malawi

Assa, Maganga (2012): Poultry production and rural poverty among small-scale farmers in Mzimba District of Malawi. Published in: Livestock Research for Rural Development , Vol. 24, No. 9 (October 2012): p. 179.

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the role of participating in poultry production on household income and rural poverty in Mzimba district, Malawi. The study utilizes cross-sectional farm level household data collected in 2011. The paper computes income-based poverty measures and investigates their sensitivity to the use of different poverty lines. Robust poverty comparisons across the poultry and non-poultry farmers reveal that poverty is in fact higher for the non-poultry compared to the poultry farmers. Thus, participating in poultry production has a significant positive impact on household income and poverty reduction.

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