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The Effects of Market Participation on Farm Households’ Food Security in Cambodia: An endogenous switching approach

Seng, Kimty (2016): The Effects of Market Participation on Farm Households’ Food Security in Cambodia: An endogenous switching approach.

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the effects of market participation on farm households’ food security in rural Cambodia in terms of household dietary diversity score. The evaluation is carried out with an endogenous switching model built on data from the Cambodia Socio-Economic Survey conducted in 2009. This model accounts for selection bias arising from unobserved factors that potentially affect both the participation and food security. The model also controls for structural differences between participants and nonparticipants in markets in terms of food security functions. The results reveal that by participating in markets, farm households enjoy higher household dietary diversity score, thus confirming the hypothesis that participation in markets exerts positive effects on farm households’ food security.

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