As You Sow, So Shall You Reap: The Welfare Impacts of Contract Farming

Bellemare, M.F. (2012) As You Sow, So Shall You Reap: The Welfare Impacts of Contract Farming. World Development.

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Contract farming is widely perceived as a means of increasing welfare in developing countries. Because of smallholder selfselection in contract farming, however, it is not clear whether contract farming actually increases grower welfare. In an effort to improve upon existing estimates of the welfare impacts of contract farming, this paper uses the results of a contingent-valuation experiment to control for unobserved heterogeneity among smallholders. Using data across several regions, firms, and crops in Madagascar, results indicate that a 1-percent increase in the likelihood of participating in contract farming is associated with a 0.5-percent increase in household income, among other positive impacts

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Subjects: Plant Production > Farming Systems
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 05:18
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 05:18
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