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Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2017Western Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Niger
Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsDecember, 2017Western Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Ghana
The focus in this paper is on two relatively large maize-based contract farming (CF) schemes with fixed input packages (Masara and Akate) and a number of smaller and more flexible CF schemes in a remote region in Ghana (Upper West). Results show that these schemes led to improved technology adoption and yield increases. In addition, a subset of maize farmers with high yield improvements due to CF participation had high gross margins. However, on average, yields were not high enough to compensate for higher input requirements and cost of capital.
Library ResourcePolicy Papers & BriefsDecember, 2017Western Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Senegal
Health-related incentives to reward effort or commitment are commonplace in many professional contracts throughout the world. Typically absent from small-scale agriculture in poor countries, such incentives may help overcome both health issues for remote rural families and supply issues for firms. Using a randomized control design, we investigate the impact of adding a micronutrient-fortified product in contracts between a Senegalese dairy processing factory and its seminomadic milk suppliers.
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