Agricultural Technology, Productivity, Poverty and Food Security in Madagascar

55 Pages Posted: 6 May 2005

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Bart Minten

Cornell University - Food and Nutrition Policy Program; Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Agro-Engineering and Economics

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

This paper uses a unique, spatially-explicit dataset to study the link between agricultural performance and rural poverty in Madagascar. We show that, controlling for geographical and physical characteristics, communes that have higher rates of adoption of improved agricultural technologies and, consequently, higher crop yields enjoy lower food prices, higher real wages for unskilled workers and better welfare indicators. The empirical evidence strongly favors support for improved agricultural production as an important part of any strategy to reduce the high poverty rates currently prevalent in rural Madagascar.

Suggested Citation

Minten, Bart and Barrett, Christopher B., Agricultural Technology, Productivity, Poverty and Food Security in Madagascar (January 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=716142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.716142

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