Rural growth linkages: household expenditure patterns in Malaysia and Nigeria

Hazell, P.B.R. and Röell, A. (1983) Rural growth linkages: household expenditure patterns in Malaysia and Nigeria. Other. International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, USA.

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The study was designed to estimate the relationship between income and consumption for different commodities and to establish how these change with income and socioeconomic characteristics of the households. Household expenditures were obtained from two regional case studies that used samples of households directly benefiting from agricultural projects funded by the World Bank. The first set of data was obtained from the Muda irrigation project in north western Malaysia and the other from the Gusau agricultural development project in northern Nigeria. Food, alcohol and tobacco is by far the most important commodity group in the total budget of the average household in each region. Linkages to the local non-farm economy were however much stronger in Muda with the average household spending 18% of its income on locally produced non-food goods and services, and it allocates to these items 37% of any increment in the total expenditure. In contrast, these figures are 11% and 8% respectively for Gusau, probably as a result of the relative isolation of farm households. The analysis also suggests that households on the larger farms in both regions have the most desired expenditure patterns for stimulating secondary rounds of growth in the local economy. They are therefore suitable targets for technology or public investments that increase agricultural output

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Author Affiliation: Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2012 07:45
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2012 07:45

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