Welfare Effects of Vegetable Commercialization: Evidence from Smallholder Producers in Kenya

We investigate the impact of smallholder vegetable commercialization through the export and domestic market channels on household income and assets in Kenya. We use a survey panel dataset, which allows us to control for unobserved heterogeneity across households, and show that the commercialization of vegetables through both market channels contributes positively to welfare, even when addressing the issue of selection into commercialization. While the production of vegetables for the export market is consistently associated with income in a positive way, the results for asset holdings as the measure of household welfare are weaker and supportive only for the domestic market channel, which weakens the notion of smallholder commercialization being a “pro-poor” strategy.


Issue Date:
2014-04
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
DOI and Other Identifiers:
1436-9931 (Other)
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/166029
Page range:
1-27
Total Pages:
27
JEL Codes:
O12; O13; Q13; Q17
Series Statement:
ZEF Discussion Papers
189




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