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Nonfarm activity and market participation by farmers in Ghana

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  • Paul Kwame Nkegbe

    (University for Development Studies)

  • Abdelkrim Araar

    (University of Laval)

  • Benjamin Musah Abu

    (University for Development Studies)

  • Hamdiyah Alhassan

    (University for Development Studies)

  • Yazidu Ustarz

    (University for Development Studies)

  • Edinam Dope Setsoafia

    (University for Development Studies)

  • Shamsia Abdul-Wahab

    (University for Development Studies)

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between participation in nonfarm activity and participation in markets by farm households in Ghana. The study used data from the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 6 and employed the endogenous switching probit model which accounts for selection bias from observed and unobserved factors. The results reveal that infrastructural variables such as roads, means of transport, markets and banks are important determinants of nonfarm work engagement and participation in crop market. We also find a positive and significant effect of nonfarm work participation on the probability of selling crops. The conclusion is that farmers’ engagement in nonfarm activities boosts decisions to enter crop markets in Ghana. The results of the study imply that for agricultural development in Ghana and other countries with similar characteristics, agricultural policies should incorporate strategies that enhance opportunities in the nonfarm sector as that will translate to enhanced producer market participation.

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  • Paul Kwame Nkegbe & Abdelkrim Araar & Benjamin Musah Abu & Hamdiyah Alhassan & Yazidu Ustarz & Edinam Dope Setsoafia & Shamsia Abdul-Wahab, 2022. "Nonfarm activity and market participation by farmers in Ghana," Agricultural and Food Economics, Springer;Italian Society of Agricultural Economics (SIDEA), vol. 10(1), pages 1-23, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:agfoec:v:10:y:2022:i:1:d:10.1186_s40100-022-00210-1
    DOI: 10.1186/s40100-022-00210-1
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