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Aspects of profitability that influence smallholder cash-crop preferences in northern Mozambique


  • Gastao Lukanu
  • J Maryann Green
  • Steve Worth


This study analyses profitability in terms of relationships between various aspects, indicators and cash-crop cultivation preferences. Both financial and pragmatic aspects of profitability were found to be related to cash-crop preferences. Apart from the need to promote a crop with a good farm gate price and to reduce production and marketing costs, promoters need to strengthen the wider system by supporting profitability as well as household consumption requirements. The correlation between indicators of expected profitability improved as more financial and pragmatic aspects were incorporated. Smallholder farmers' rankings of profitability correlated better with cash-crop preferences when the analysis incorporated more aspects of profitability. In addition, the results indicated the institutional support needed to improve the profitability of cash crops. This simple method of identifying smallholder preferences for one cash crop among many is of paramount importance in the design of strategies for improving agricultural market participation.

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  • Gastao Lukanu & J Maryann Green & Steve Worth, 2009. "Aspects of profitability that influence smallholder cash-crop preferences in northern Mozambique," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(5), pages 755-777.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:26:y:2009:i:5:p:755-777 DOI: 10.1080/03768350903303332

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