PMMA-20055 Off-farm participation, agricultural production and farmers’ welfare in Tanzania and Uganda

Abstract

This study investigates the impact of off-farm participation on agricultural production and farmers’ welfare. We focus on Southeast African countries by analyzing data from the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture for Tanzania and Uganda covering the period 2008-2012. Going from the simple ordinary least squares to the complex generalized structural equation model (GSEM), we show how each of the intermediate models, such as the random effects Tobit model can tackle a specific form of bias. Overall, our results show that off-farm participation has a negative effect on agricultural production. However, off-farm participation has a positive effect on welfare. We suggest that policy makers should consider the complexities surrounding the formulation of pro-agriculture and pro-welfare policies for ensuring desirable outcomes from off-farm participation. Furthermore, policies encompassing the development of credit and insurance markets may play a key role in minimizing the trade-off between agricultural production and off-farm participation.


Members

Project leader: Laura Barasa

Project researchers: Stephene Maende | Faith Mariera

Scientific mentors: Abdelkrim Araar


Working Papers

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Off-Farm Participation, Agricultural Production and Farmers’ Welfare in Tanzania and Uganda 2019-02-18 4.05MB 0 0

Policy Briefs

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Can off-farm participation improve agricultural production and farmer welfare in Tanzania and Uganda? 2019-02-04 428.94kB 0 0

Proposal

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2017-09-21 296.67kB 0 0

Final report

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Off-farm participation, agricultural production and farmers’ welfare in Tanzania and Uganda 2018-09-18 346.31kB 0 0

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