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Good and Efficient? Women’s Voice in Agriculture

Ralitza Dimova () and Ira Gang ()
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Ralitza Dimova: Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester and IZA, Bonn

Departmental Working Papers from Rutgers University, Department of Economics

Abstract: The potential of engaging female agricultural producers in high value crop activities has been in the increasing focus of much of the recent development literature and policy discourse. Using a rich representative household survey for Malawi, this work draws a profile of successful women farmers and the policies and interventions associated with this profile. Our study finds that female cash crop decision-making has significant impact on both efficiency and welfare. Female cash crop decision-making is encouraged by female ownership of land, credit allocations to women, and village-level infrastructure (development agencies, savings and credit unions).

Keywords: microanalysis of farm households; empowering women; cash crops; stochastic frontier analysis; farm production efficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q12 O2 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-11-25
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Published as: Good and Efficient? Women’s Voice in Agriculture (with Ralitza Dimova) A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment. Pages 85-87. Available at: www.womeneconroadmap.org. Full report available at http://www.womeneconroadmap.org/report/Farming. Accessed November (2015).

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