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Coping Strategies in Post-War Rural Mozambique

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  • Tilman Brück

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This paper analyses post-war coping strategies by farm households in developing countries. The analysis is based on a portfolio model of activity choices in war-affected rural Sub- Saharan Africa. A case study using farm household survey data estimates the determinants of agricultural coping strategies in post-war Mozambique. Post-war coping strategies differ from pre- and mid-crisis coping strategies. War-affected households are forced to adopt very risky coping strategies that re-enforce their vulnerability. Households choose between market and non-market forms of exchange and even consider exiting markets entirely. Post-war reconstruction policy should focus on re-capitalizing households, providing public goods and establishing markets.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 384.

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Length: 34 p.
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp384

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Keywords: coping strategies; activity choices; labour allocation; portfolio model; war; conflict; reconstruction; policy; Mozambique; Africa;

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