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This article provides a micro-level foundation for the analysis of crop diversification decisions in a semi-subsistence banana farming community in Uganda. A two-crop agricultural household model is developed to show that credit rationing and crop price movements influence vanilla adoption decisions. The analysis is based on survey data from 70 households. Household welfare improves by 16%, without raising food security concerns, when vanilla is grown. Results imply that the benefits of functioning credit markets, and crop quality improvement strategies that lift farm-gate vanilla prices, are important to consider when developing pro-poor growth strategies at the farm level.

Keywords: agricultural household model ; crop diversification ; credit ; Uganda

Subject(s): Consumer/Household Economics

Farm Management

Land Economics/Use

Issue Date: 2010

Publication Type: Journal Article

DOI and Other Identifiers: ISSN 0049-8599 (Other)

PURL Identifier: Published in: Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Volume 49, Number 3 Page range: 227-242

Total Pages: 16

JEL Codes: Q12

Series Statement: Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture 49 (2010)


Record appears in: Humboldt University of Berlin > Department of Agricultural Economics > Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture

Author: Komarek, Adam M.


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