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Good and Efficient? Women’s Voice in Agriculture


  • 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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  • Ralitza Dimova & Ira N. Gang, 2015. "Good and Efficient? Women’s Voice in Agriculture," Departmental Working Papers 201518, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:rut:rutres:201518

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    1. Buvinic, Mayra & Furst-Nichols, Rebecca, 2014. "Promoting women's economic empowerment : what works ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7087, The World Bank.

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    microanalysis of farm households; empowering women; cash crops; stochastic frontier analysis; farm production efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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