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Socio-Economic Factors Influencing Small-Scale Farmers’ Market Participation: Case of Rice Producers in Dano

Thomas B. Yaméogo (), Aymar Y. Bossa (), Bio M. Torou (), Jean-Louis Fusillier (), Dapola E. C. Da (), Yacouba Yira (), Georges Serpantié (), Fourvouon Somé () and Mariam M. Dama-Balima ()
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Thomas B. Yaméogo: West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), 06 P.O. Box 9507, Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
Aymar Y. Bossa: West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), 06 P.O. Box 9507, Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
Bio M. Torou: West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), 06 P.O. Box 9507, Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
Jean-Louis Fusillier: Agricultural Research Centre for International Development—CIRAD, TA C-90/15 l’Hortus 73 rue Jean-François Breton, 34398 Montpellier CEDEX 5, France
Dapola E. C. Da: University Ouaga I Professor Joseph Ki-Zerbo, 03 P.O. Box 7021, Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso
Yacouba Yira: West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), 06 P.O. Box 9507, Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
Georges Serpantié: Research Institute for Development—IRD, Université Montpellier 3 Site St Charles 2 71 rue Professeur Henri Serre, 34086 Montpellier, France
Fourvouon Somé: Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, National Institute of Water, University of Abomey-Calavi, P.O. Box 526, Cotonou 01, Benin
Mariam M. Dama-Balima: Environment and Agricultural Research Institute—INERA, 04 P.O. Box 8645, Ouagadougou 04, Burkina Faso

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 12, 1-16

Abstract: This paper explores the key factors influencing market participation decisions among smallholder lowland rice growers. Data were collected through purposive sampling technique. A total of 127 rice growers, from 16 lowlands (developed and traditional lowlands), was selected. Descriptive statistics and the probit regression model were used to analyse the data. The statistical analysis revealed significant differences in yields between developed and traditional lowlands rice plots (“lowland development effect”). The regression results showed that farmers’ behaviours were not gender neutral; male producers were more likely to take part in the market as compared to their female counterparts, implying a “gender effect”. With respect to the effect of membership in farmers’ organization, the results indicate that farmers’ involvement in an organization, was in general negatively associated to their market participation decisions. However, farmers from lowlands with functional rice producers’ organizations were more likely to sell their products in the market. Interestingly, this study also highlighted that lowland rice producers’ ability to generate a marketable surplus (at least 20 kg/person/year) positively influence their market participation decision. As hypothesized, the results revealed that farmers who have access to potential buyers of the output (secured market outlets) were less likely to produce rice for self-consumption.

Keywords: developed lowlands; traditional lowlands; rice production; probit model; marketable surplus; Burkina Faso (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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