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Agricultural outsourcing: A comparison between the Netherlands and Japan


  • Igata, Masayo
  • Hendriksen, Astrid
  • Heijman, Wim J.M.


Outsourcing may well be a tool for increasing the efficiency of Japanese agriculture. However, outsourcing is not frequently used by Japanese farmers in their day-to-day management. This has resulted in a weakly developed market for agricultural contracting services. In order to take a closer look at the reasons for making use of outsourcing, a comparative study was carried out between the agricultural contracting sector in Japan and that in the Netherlands, where agricultural outsourcing is a regular practice. In the Netherlands, especially small, diversified farms that lack sufficient labour tend to outsource agricultural work; in Japan, the situation is far less clear. Cultural factors possibly play an important role.

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  • Igata, Masayo & Hendriksen, Astrid & Heijman, Wim J.M., 2008. "Agricultural outsourcing: A comparison between the Netherlands and Japan," APSTRACT: Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, AGRIMBA, vol. 2.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:apstra:48332

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    1. Stephen C. Gabriel & C. B. Baker, 1980. "Concepts of Business and Financial Risk," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 62(3), pages 560-564.
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