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A Cost-Benefit Analysis Of Small Scale Red Haricot Beans Production In Ethiopia: Intercropping As A Risk Diversification Mechanism


  • Glenn P. Jenkins

    () (Department of Economics, Queen's University, Canada, Eastern Mediterranean University, Mersin 10, Turkey)

  • Mikhail Miklyaev

    () (Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Mersin 10, Turkey)

  • Katarzyna Pankowska

    () (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)


The main objective of the study is to estimate an annual income increase of land constrained Ethiopian households, now growing maize, from either shift to the mono-cropping of red haricot beans or to the intercropping the beans with maize. The study revealed that mono-cropping of red haricot beans is more profitable for the households compared to either maize production or intercropping. The households, however, are reluctant to shift to the mono-cropping practice of red haricot beans production. This can be explained by the level of risk faced by the households in case of crop failure. The Ethiopian households with the limited land holding are generally reluctant to mono-cropping of any commodity. The economic net benefits of the red haricot beans production arising to the different stakeholders, including the government of Ethiopia, were also estimated. A sensitivity analysis was used to determine the main risk factors of the activity.

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  • Glenn P. Jenkins & Mikhail Miklyaev & Katarzyna Pankowska, 2014. "A Cost-Benefit Analysis Of Small Scale Red Haricot Beans Production In Ethiopia: Intercropping As A Risk Diversification Mechanism," Development Discussion Papers 2013-14, JDI Executive Programs.
  • Handle: RePEc:qed:dpaper:238

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    cost-benefit analysis; investment appraisal; stakeholder analysis; pulses; red haricot beans; value chain; intercropping; mono-cropping; pro-poor interventions; chronic food insecurity; poverty reduction; Ethiopia;

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities

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