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Rural Household Access to Assets and Markets: A Cross-Country Comparison


  • Alberto Zezza

    (World Bank, Rome)

  • Paul Winters

    (American University, Washington, DC)

  • Benjamin Davis

    (FAO, Rome)

  • Gero Carletto

    (World Bank, Washington, DC)

  • Katia Covarrubias

    (FAO, Rome)

  • Luca Tasciotti

    (ISS, The Hague)

  • Esteban Quiñones

    (IFPRI, Washington, DC)


The sluggish supply response in most developing countries to the apparently favourable agricultural market situation of the past few years can be explained by the limited ability of price incentives to bring about an increase in production and marketed surplus in the presence of binding non-price constraints. This article characterises farm household heterogeneity in access to assets, markets and infrastructure drawing on household survey data from 15 developing countries. We relate this heterogeneity in access to household ability to engage successfully in agricultural output markets and find consistent supporting evidence for the hypothesis that this lack of access is significantly constraining their potential to engage successfully in agriculture.Dans la plupart des pays en développement, la réaction de l′offre à la situation des marchés agricoles – depuis quelques années favorable – est lente, et ce en raison de la capacité limitée des incitations en termes de prix à générer une augmentation de la production et des excédents commercialisés, en présence d′importantes contraintes non tarifaires. S′appuyant sur des données d′enquêtes sur les ménages recueillies dans 15 pays en développement, cet article décrit l′hétérogénéité des ménages agricoles en matière d′accès aux actifs, marchés et infrastructures. Nous montrons la relation qui existe entre cette hétérogénéité et la capacité des ménages à s′engager avec succès sur les marchés de produits agricoles, et trouvons des preuves solides soutenant l′hypothèse selon laquelle ce manque d′accès limite fortement leur potentiel à s′engager dans l′agriculture de manière profitable.

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  • Alberto Zezza & Paul Winters & Benjamin Davis & Gero Carletto & Katia Covarrubias & Luca Tasciotti & Esteban Quiñones, 2011. "Rural Household Access to Assets and Markets: A Cross-Country Comparison," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 23(4), pages 569-597, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:eurjdr:v:23:y:2011:i:4:p:569-597

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    1. Ugo Pica-Ciamarra & Luca Tasciotti & Joachim Otte & Alberto Zezza, 2015. "Livestock in the Household Economy: Cross-Country Evidence from Microeconomic Data," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 33(1), pages 61-81, January.
    2. Nagler, Paula & Naudé, Wim, 2017. "Non-farm entrepreneurship in rural sub-Saharan Africa: New empirical evidence," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 175-191.
    3. Ugo Pica-Ciamarra & Luca Tasciotti & Joachim Otte & Alberto Zezza, 2011. "Livestock Assets, Livestock Income and Rural Households : Cross-Country Evidence from Household Surveys," World Bank Other Operational Studies 17890, The World Bank.

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