Agricultural Productivity and Rural Household Incomes: Micro-level Evidence from Zambia

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December 20, 2019 - Author: , , Nicole Mason,

Jason Snyder, Thomas Jayne, Nicole Mason, Paul Samboko, 2019. Agricultural Productivity and Rural Household Incomes: Micro-level Evidence from Zambia, FSP Research Brief 105, East Lansing: Michigan State University.

Key Findings

  • Changes in district level crop productivity among smallholder farmers have strong and positive lagged multi-year effects on the own-farm incomes of rural households in that district.
  • This impact is especially true for productivity changes among (a) the highest productivity farms in each district, and (b) smallholder farms cultivating >2 hectares.
  • There is also some evidence of a similar effect on total income, however this effect is not as robust.
  • Overall, the least robust set of results are between district-level crop productivity and off-farm household incomes, suggesting that some of the recent critiques of the small farm-led multiplier effect hypothesis mentioned earlier for the African context may be valid.
  • However, we do find tentative evidence (interpreted with caution due to their lack of significance in the robustness checks) that smaller farm productivity (<2 hectares) indirectly raises off-farm incomes.

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Tags: agrifood system transformation, c1-c2, fsg policy brief, fsp policy brief, household income and livelihoods, input use and market development, sustainable agricultural intensification, zambia


Related Topic Areas

Zambia, C1-C2


Authors

Jason Snyder

Jason Snyder
snyde138@msu.edu

Thomas Jayne

Thomas Jayne
517-432-9802
jayne@msu.edu

Nicole Mason-Wardell

Nicole Mason-Wardell
517-432-4446
masonn@msu.edu

Paul Samboko

Paul Samboko
sambokop@msu.edu


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