Willingness of Rural and Peri-urban Women Smallholder Farmers to Participate in Home-grown School Feeding Farming Contracts
No 266714, 2018 Annual Meeting, February 2-6, 2018, Jacksonville, Florida from Southern Agricultural Economics Association
Conventional school feeding programs in developing economies have often been operated using international food aid to improve nutritional and educational outcomes of the most vulnerable school-age children. Home-Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programs on the other hand, refer to a framework in which the school feeding is administered using food that is locally grown by smallholder farmers; this mechanism is designed to link school feeding with local agricultural production, with a two-fold objective of increasing children’s well-being as well as promoting local agricultural production and development by generating demand for small-holder farmers’ output. Using survey data from 150 households in rural and peri-urban communities in Ghana, this study examines the binding constraints facing smallholder farmer when deciding to participate in a school feeding farming contract. The study elicits responses from both the male household head and a secondary respondent, typically a woman farmer to examine whether cash flow or market risk constraints are binding. The research uses preliminary descriptive results to assess whether farmers who receive an initial payment are more willing to participate in the school feeding program contract, than farmers who receive no initial payments and how these differ by gender.
Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Food Security and Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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