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Dynamic Pathways into and out of Poverty: A Case of Small Holder Farmers in Zambia

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  • Banda, Diana J.
  • Hamukwala, Priscilla
  • Haggblade, Steven
  • Chapoto, Antony

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The study surveyed 127 households from Central, Eastern, Luapula, Northern, and Southern Provinces of Zambia. The primary objective was to explore life-trajectory patterns and key drivers of welfare change. Households were classified based on long term poverty dynamics i.e., how they perceived their welfare compared to that of their parents with the major focus being on households that were better off (BO) than both the parents (parents of head and spouse) and those that were worse off (WO) than both parents were. Poverty was mainly defined from the communities' own perspectives and entailed exploring reasons perceived by participants for decline or improvement in people’s well-being in their communities. The hypotheses that factors such as household endowments, key decisions made, household location, and shocks experienced by households have an impact on household’s welfare dynamics were tested. Several approaches were used including semi-structured interviews at household level and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs).

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Paper provided by Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in its series Food Security Collaborative Working Papers with number 113649.

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Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ags:midcwp:113649

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Keywords: Zambia; poverty; Small Holder Farmers; Agricultural and Food Policy; Food Security and Poverty;

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  1. Jayne, Thomas S. & Mather, David & Mghenyi, Elliot W., 2006. "Smallholder Farming Under Increasingly Difficult Circumstances: Policy and Public Investment Priorities for Africa," Food Security International Development Working Papers 54567, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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  1. Harris, David & Orr, Alastair, 2014. "Is rainfed agriculture really a pathway from poverty?," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 123(C), pages 84-96.

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