PMMA-12668 Spillovers from off farm self-employment opportunities in rural Niger

Abstract

Agricultural households in Niger face constraints that may hinder agricultural production and threaten food security. A rural exodus is also resulting from a lack of formal and decent wage employment. The way to enhance agricultural production and improve food security while at the same time increase employment is still an important policy question in rural Niger. This study assesses the effects of off-farm self-employment opportunities on expenditures for agricultural inputs and on food security using the potential outcome framework for treatment effects. The study finds that farm and non-farm related factors determine off-farm self-employment opportunities in rural Niger. Also, participation in self-employment increases agricultural expenditures on purchased inputs and hired labour but decreases the propensity to hire labour. Self-employment opportunities favour food accessibility without having any additional effect on food availability and food utilisation. The results confirm that the policy of promoting the non-farm sector can be harmonious with the development of the agricultural sector. There is a scope to increase or create favourable conditions for the development of the non-farm sector in rural Niger.


Members

Project leader: SENAKPON FIDELE ANGE DEDEHOUANOU

Project researchers: LAOUALI HAROUNA Abdoulaziz | Aichatou Ousseini | Maimounata Jabir

Scientific mentors: Abdelkrim Araar


Journal publication

Authors Co-Authors Title of paper Title of Economic Review Bibliographic references
Sènakpon Fidèle Ange Dedehouanou Abdelkrim Araar, Aichatou Ousseini, Abdoulaziz Laouali Harouna, Maimounata Jabir Spillovers from off-farm self-employment opportunities in rural Niger World Development

Volume 105, 2018, Pages 428-442


Working Papers

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Spillovers from off-farm self-employment opportunities in rural Niger 2016-02-18 2591.91KB 0 0

Policy Briefs

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Spillovers from off-farm self-employment opportunities in rural Niger 2015-12-31 340.05KB 0 0

Final report

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2015-08-05 1125.29KB 0 0

Proposal

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2014-07-25 256.26KB 0 0

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