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Effects of Cash Crop Production on Food Crop Productivity in Zimbabwe: Synergies or Trade-Offs?

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  • Govereh, Jones
  • Jayne, Thomas S.

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This paper studies the dynamics between cash cropping and food crop productivity in Gokwe North District in Zimbabwe, a major cotton producing area. The main research issues were: (1) to identify the determinants of commercialized crop production at the household level; and (2) to determine the effect of increasing crop commercialization on household food productivity. The paper derives a household crop commercialization index, defined as the ratio of crop sales to total crop production. Econometric models were developed for identifying the determinants of household-level commercialization and for measuring its effects on food crop productivity.
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  • Govereh, Jones & Jayne, Thomas S., 1999. "Effects of Cash Crop Production on Food Crop Productivity in Zimbabwe: Synergies or Trade-Offs?," Food Security International Development Policy Syntheses 11371, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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    1. Samuel, Gebreselassie & Eva, Ludi, 2007. "Agriculture commercialisation coffee growing area of Ethiopia," Ethiopian Journal of Economics, Ethiopian Economics Association, vol. 16(1).
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    Crop Production/Industries; Downloads July 2008 - June 2009: 8;

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    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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