Does adopting legume-based cropping practices improve the food security of small-scale farm households? Panel survey evidence from Zambia

June 17, 2019 Author: , ,

Sauer, C., Mason, N., Maredia, M., and Mofya-Mukaka, R. 2018. Does adopting legume-based cropping practices improve small-scale farm households' food security? Panel survey evidence from Zambia.  Food Security (November)

ABSTRACT
This study provides empirical evidence on whether and how integrating legumes into production systems affects measures of small-scale farm households’ food availability and access. We used nationally representative household panel survey data from Zambia to estimate the differential effects on cereal-growing households of incorporating grain legumes into their farms via cereal-legume intercropping, cereal-legume rotation, and other means (such as legume monocropping). Specifically, we tested the hypotheses that with all else equal, cereal-growing small-scale farm households that integrate grain legumes into their production systems have: (1) more availability of food as measured by total production of calories and protein; (2) more income from crop production or sales; and (3) increased food access. Results suggest that cereal-legume rotation was associated with statistically significant increases in production of calories and protein by a household as well as their gross value of crop sales; it may also improve their food access. In contrast, we found little evidence of statistically significant effects of cereal-legume intercropping and other forms of legume production on household food availability and access in Zambia.

Tags: c1-c2, fsg peer reviewed publications, fsp peer reviewed publications, zambia


Related Topic Areas

Zambia, C3, C1-C2


Authors

Mywish Maredia

Mywish Maredia
517-353-6602
maredia@msu.edu

Nicole Mason-Wardell

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

Christine Sauer

Christine Sauer
sauerch3@msu.edu


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