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Linking small-scale farmers to the durum wheat value chain in Ethiopia: Assessing the effects on production and wellbeing

Mario Biggeri (), Francesco Burchi (), Federico Ciani and Raoul Herrmann

Food Policy, 2018, vol. 79, issue C, 77-91

Abstract: Food security and agricultural-led industrialisation are pivotal development objectives in Ethiopia. One of the main challenges this country faces is increasing agricultural productivity by integrating smallholder farmers into a high-value agricultural commodity supply chain. This paper examines an integrated project—the Agricultural Value Chains Project in Oromia (AVCPO)—that aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholders in the Bale Zone by involving them in the production of high-quality durum wheat and linking them to the pasta industry via farmers’ cooperatives. Using primary data collected in 2014 and retrospective information, this paper investigates the AVCPO’s effects on the quantity of cereal production, the share of cereals that have been sold through cooperatives, food security, and education. In order to account for potential violations of the exclusion restriction assumption, an instrumental variable approach is applied, together with three additional estimation strategies.

Keywords: Ethiopia; Smallholders; Wheat; Value chain; Impact evaluation; Cooperatives; Food security (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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