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Agricultural input subsidy and farmers outcomes in Tanzania


  • Bethuel Kinyanjui Kinuthia


This paper examines the impact of the government input subsidy—the National Agriculture Input Voucher—on farmers' production and welfare in Tanzania as well as the factors that influence agricultural production in the country. The analysis is based on the Living Standards Measurement Study-Integrated Surveys on Agriculture for 2008-13. The study uses panel fixed effects and difference-in-difference and propensity score matching methods to examine the two objectives.

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  • Bethuel Kinyanjui Kinuthia, 2020. "Agricultural input subsidy and farmers outcomes in Tanzania," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2020-149, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  • Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp-2020-149

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    1. Gilbert Exaud Mushi & Pierre-Yves Burgi & Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, 2024. "State of Agricultural E-Government Services to Farmers in Tanzania: Toward the Participatory Design of a Farmers Digital Information System (FDIS)," Agriculture, MDPI, vol. 14(3), pages 1-14, March.
    2. Roosa Lambin & Milla Nyyssölä, 2022. "Employment policy in Mainland Tanzania: what's in it for women?," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2022-67, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Gilbert E. Mushi & Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo & Pierre-Yves Burgi, 2022. "Digital Technology and Services for Sustainable Agriculture in Tanzania: A Literature Review," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 14(4), pages 1-17, February.

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    Difference-in-differences; Subsidies; Production; Panel; Propensity score matching; Welfare; Tanzania;
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