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Good and Efficient? Women’s Voice in Agriculture

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  • Ralitza Dimova

    ()

    (Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester and IZA, Bonn)

  • Ira N. Gang

    ()

    (Department of Economics, Rutgers University and IZA, Bonn and CReAM, London)

The potential of engaging female agricultural producers in high value crop activities has been in the increasing focus of much of the recent development literature and policy discourse. Using a rich representative household survey for Malawi, this work draws a profile of successful women farmers and the policies and interventions associated with this profile. Our study finds that female cash crop decision-making has significant impact on both efficiency and welfare. Female cash crop decision-making is encouraged by female ownership of land, credit allocations to women, and village-level infrastructure (development agencies, savings and credit unions).

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Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 201518.

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Length: 3 pages
Date of creation: 25 Nov 2015
Publication status: Published as: Good and Efficient? Women’s Voice in Agriculture (with Ralitza Dimova) A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment. Pages 85-87. Available at: www.womeneconroadmap.org. Full report available at http://www.womeneconroadmap.org/report/Farming. Accessed November (2015).
Handle: RePEc:rut:rutres:201518
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