The Economics of Smallholder Organic Contract Farming in Tropical Africa

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The paper examines the revenue effects of certified organic contract farming for smallholders and of adoption of organic agricultural farming methods in a tropical African context. The comparison in both cases is with farming systems that are "organic by default." Survey data from a large organic coffee contract farming scheme in Uganda are reported and analyzed using a standard OLS regression and a full information maximum likelihood (FIML) estimate of the Heckman selection model. The analysis finds that, controlling for a range of factors, there are positive revenue effects both from participation in the scheme and, more modestly, from applying organic farming techniques.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Development
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1094-1104
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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