Rural Household Access to Assets and Agrarian Institutions: A Cross Country Comparison

Background paper for the World Development Report, 2008

38 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2019

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Alberto Zezza

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa

Calogero Carletto

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Katia Covarrubias

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Esteban J. Quiñones

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Kostas Stamoulis

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Takis Karfakis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Luca Tasciotti

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Stefania Di Giuseppe

UN FAO

Genny Bonomi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 4, 2007

Abstract

Access to assets and agrarian institutions is of critical importance to the economic viability of rural households. Understanding the extent of this access and how it links to the ability of rural households to employ different pathways out of poverty is thus vital for designing rural development policies. This paper characterizes household access to assets and agrarian institutions through the comparative analysis of datasets from 15 nationally representative household surveys from four regions of the developing world. We find that the access of rural households to a range of assets (including education, land and livestock) and institutions is in general low, though highly heterogeneous across countries, and by categories of households within countries. A large share of rural agricultural households do not use or have access to basic productive inputs, agricultural support services or output markets, and in general it is the landless and the smallest landowners who suffer significantly more from this lack of access.

Suggested Citation

Zezza, Alberto and Winters, Paul and Davis, Benjamin and Carletto, Calogero and Covarrubias, Katia and Quiñones, Esteban J. and Stamoulis, Kostas and Karfakis, Takis and Tasciotti, Luca and Di Giuseppe, Stefania and Bonomi, Genny, Rural Household Access to Assets and Agrarian Institutions: A Cross Country Comparison (June 4, 2007). Background paper for the World Development Report, 2008 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3307435 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3307435

Alberto Zezza

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
Italy

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

Via Paolo di Dono
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Italy

Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa ( email )

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South Africa

Calogero Carletto

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

Katia Covarrubias

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Esteban J. Quiñones

University of Wisconsin - Madison ( email )

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

Kostas Stamoulis

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
ITALY

Takis Karfakis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Luca Tasciotti

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
ITALY

Stefania Di Giuseppe

UN FAO ( email )

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Lazio 00100
ITALY

Genny Bonomi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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