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One cow per poor family: effects on consumption and crop production in Rwanda

Pia Nilsson (), Mikaela Backman (), Lina Bjerke () and Aristide Maniriho ()
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Pia Nilsson: Discipline of Economics, Finance and Statistics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University & Centre for Spatial Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE), Jönköping University.
Mikaela Backman: Discipline of Economics, Finance and Statistics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Centre for Spatial Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE), Jönköping University & Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS).
Lina Bjerke: Discipline of Economics, Finance and Statistics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University & Centre for Spatial Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE), Jönköping University.
Aristide Maniriho: School of Economics, University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda.

No 462, Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation from Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

Abstract: A random sample of households in Rwanda are used to estimate the effects of the one cow policy on consumption and crop production during 2010-2014. A first-differenced model that takes into account the selection bias and placement effect associated with the policy and heterogeneity across households is estimated. Findings show a positive effect of receiving a cow on crop production, indicating that fertilizers provided by the cattle has enabled households to increase their agricultural production. Findings also point to the importance of knowledge and experience of rearing livestock for the outcome on consumption to realize.

Keywords: Girinka; consumption; crop production; CEM; Rwanda (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O12 R12 R20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-10-23
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