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Crop diversification, dietary diversity and agricultural income: empirical evidence from eight developing countries

Crop diversification, dietary diversity and agricultural income: empirical evidence from eight developing countries

Pellegrini, Lorenzo and Tasciotti, Luca ORCID: 0000-0003-2561-5530 (2014) Crop diversification, dietary diversity and agricultural income: empirical evidence from eight developing countries. Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 35 (2). pp. 211-227. ISSN 0225-5189 (Print), 2158-9100 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2014.898580)

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Abstract

This study sheds light on the dilemma between food crop specialisation and diversification. We use data from household surveys to estimate the effects of crop diversification on nutrition (dietary diversity) and on income (crops sold) of rural households from eight developing and transition economies. We find that the vast majority of households grow crops despite the modest contribution of agriculture to income. Most agricultural land is devoted to staple food production; high-value commodities such as fruits and vegetables are also produced, but in limited quantities. Both descriptive statistics and regression results show a positive correlation between the number of crops cultivated, household income from crops and the two indicators we use for dietary diversity, also after controlling for household characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: household survey data, crop diversification, nutrition, crop income, dietary diversity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2020 06:55
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 6
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26916

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