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Drivers of Collective Action and the Welfare Gains of such Initiatives among smallholder farmers: Experiences from Kenya

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This study assessed the determinants of participation and intensity of participation in collective action initiatives. It also examined the effect of participation in such initiatives on household commercialization and on household welfare (incomes). It uses a double hurdle approach (a logit regression model to examine the determinants of participation in collective action and a Poisson regression model to assess the factors that determine the intensity of participation). The study then tests the difference in mean incomes and commercialization between participants and non-participants. The study finds that farmer/household specific variables, farm specific variables, endowment variables and regional variables influence the decision to participate as well as the extent of participation in collective action initiatives. Results further indicate that there exist significant differences in output and input market participation (commercialization) and in mean incomes as a result of participation in collective action initiatives influence the decision to participate in collective action initiatives. The implication of these findings is that for collective action initiatives to be to be effective in achieve the desired goals of helping farmers commercialize, capacity of farmers (e.g. through trainings) to operate and manage them should be improved. Stronger linkages with other institutions like public institutions, credit institutions should be encouraged and fostered so as to address the needs of the farmers. The study discusses the implications of these findings for policy.

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  • Kirui, Oliver K., 2013. "Drivers of Collective Action and the Welfare Gains of such Initiatives among smallholder farmers: Experiences from Kenya," 2013 Fourth International Conference, September 22-25, 2013, Hammamet, Tunisia 161619, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).
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    1. Kangile, Rajabu Joseph, 2015. "Efficiency In Production By Smallholder Rice Farmers Under Cooperative Irrigation Schemes In Pwani And Morogoro Regions, Tanzania," Research Theses 265681, Collaborative Masters Program in Agricultural and Applied Economics.
    2. Subert, Moses Peter, 2017. "Perceptions Of Enhanced Freshness Formulation Technologies And Adoption Decisions Among Smallholder Banana Farmers In Morogoro, Tanzania," Research Theses 276437, Collaborative Masters Program in Agricultural and Applied Economics.
    3. Joseph Kangile, Rajabu, 2015. "Efficiency in Production By Smallholder Rice Farmers Under Cooperative Irrigation Schemes in Pwani and Morogoro Regions, Tanzania," Research Theses 243447, Collaborative Masters Program in Agricultural and Applied Economics.

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