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Horticulture exports, agro-industrialization, and farm-nonfarm linkages with the smallholder farm sector: evidence from Senegal

Author:
Maertens, Miet
Source:
Agricultural economics 2009 v.40 no.2 pp. 219-229
ISSN:
0169-5150
Subject:
agricultural industry, employment opportunities, exports, farmers, farms, horticulture, household surveys, households, off-farm employment, Senegal
Abstract:
In this article we address the question of farm-nonfarm linkages at the household level in Senegal. We examine whether increasing off-farm employment opportunities for rural households--resulting from increased horticulture exports and associated agro-industrialization--has benefitted the smallholder farm sector through investment linkages. We use data from a household survey in the main horticulture export region in Senegal. We find that access to unskilled employment in the export agro-industry has contributed to the alleviation of farmers' liquidity constraints, resulting in increased smallholder agricultural production.
Agid:
2126787