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Nonfarm employment, agricultural shocks, and poverty dynamics: evidence from rural Uganda

Yoko Kijima (), Tomoya Matsumoto () and Takashi Yamano ()

Agricultural Economics, 2006, vol. 35, issue s3, 459-467

Abstract: This article examines the role of off‐farm employment in poverty reduction over a short period of time by using panel data from 894 rural Ugandan households in 2003 and 2005. Taking advantage of the unique off‐farm labor supply and income data, we analyzed how households respond to negative agricultural shocks, especially through off‐farm labor supply and income to mitigate crop income loss. Our analysis indicates that the flexibility of labor time allocation varies across off‐farm jobs and that only low skilled and low wage jobs tend to be used to mitigate negative shocks, especially among the asset poor.

Date: 2006
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