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Market Participation and Poverty - Smallholders on the Ugandan Maize Market

Persson, Emil (2009)
Department of Economics
Abstract
Food grain markets are special in the sense that farmers will, likely, be consumers of the crops they produce. This study examines smallholder market participation on the Ugandan maize market, and, furthermore, explores possible connections to rural poverty. A probit model of market participation is employed, and I work with data from a household survey conducted between 1999 and 2000. A number of variables, like literacy, hired labor, specialization, land holdings and access to storage facilities were correlated with a higher probability of market participation. Ownership of livestock was considerably more important to the poor farmers while there are also indications of asset thresholds regarding land and farming assets.
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@misc{1390910,
  abstract     = {Food grain markets are special in the sense that farmers will, likely, be consumers of the crops they produce. This study examines smallholder market participation on the Ugandan maize market, and, furthermore, explores possible connections to rural poverty. A probit model of market participation is employed, and I work with data from a household survey conducted between 1999 and 2000. A number of variables, like literacy, hired labor, specialization, land holdings and access to storage facilities were correlated with a higher probability of market participation. Ownership of livestock was considerably more important to the poor farmers while there are also indications of asset thresholds regarding land and farming assets.},
  author       = {Persson, Emil},
  keyword      = {poverty,Uganda,Market participation,Maize,UNHS 1999/00,Asset threshold,Probit model,Economics, econometrics, economic theory, economic systems, economic policy,Nationalekonomi, ekonometri, ekonomisk teori, ekonomiska system, ekonomisk politik},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Market Participation and Poverty - Smallholders on the Ugandan Maize Market},
  year         = {2009},
}