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Rural Household Access to Assets and Agrarian Institutions; A Cross Country Comparison

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  • Alberto Zezza

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Paul Winters

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Benjamin Davis

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Gero Carletto

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Katia Covarrubias

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Esteban Quinones

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Kostas Stamoulis

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Takis Karfakis

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Luca Tasciotti

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Stefania DiGiuseppe

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Genny Bonomi

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

Abstract

Access to assets and agrarian institutions is of critical importance to the economic viability of rural households. Understanding the extent of this access and how it links to the ability of rural households to employ different pathways out of poverty is thus vital for designing rural development policies. This paper characterizes household access to assets and agrarian institutions through the comparative analysis of datasets from 15 nationally representative household surveys from four regions of the developing world. We find that the access of rural households to a range of assets (including education, land and livestock) and institutions is in general low, though highly heterogeneous across countries, and by categories of households within countries. A large share of rural agricultural households do not use or have access to basic productive inputs, agricultural support services or output markets, and in general it is the landless and the smallest landowners who suffer significantly more from this lack of access.

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Paper provided by Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO - ESA) in its series Working Papers with number 07-17.

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Length: 68 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Keywords: rural non farm; assets; agrarian institutions; household surveys.;

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