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Agricultural outsourcing: A comparison between the Netherlands and Japan

Masayo Igata, Astrid Hendriksen and Wim J.M. Heijman

APSTRACT: Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, 2008, vol. 02, issue 1-2, 6

Abstract: Outsourcing may well be a tool for increasing the efficiency of Japanese agriculture. However, outsourcing is not frequently used by Japanese farmers in their day-to-day management. This has resulted in a weakly developed market for agricultural contracting services. In order to take a closer look at the reasons for making use of outsourcing, a comparative study was carried out between the agricultural contracting sector in Japan and that in the Netherlands, where agricultural outsourcing is a regular practice. In the Netherlands, especially small, diversified farms that lack sufficient labour tend to outsource agricultural work; in Japan, the situation is far less clear. Cultural factors possibly play an important role.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; International Development; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.48332

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