Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/190075
Authors: 
Navarra, Cecilia
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2018/26
Abstract: 
This paper analyses the implication of contract farming on gender inequalities in rural Mozambique. Contract farming is often considered one of the major tools of agribusiness development: it broadly includes those arrangements under which producers commit to provide a pre-defined quantity of crop to a buyer firm. This paper exploits a panel dataset (2002-05) collected by the Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture among a nationally representative sample of rural households to explore contracts' implications for gender equality, both across and within households. We look both at the participation of female-headed households in contracts, and at the impact of establishing a contract on a set of intra-household women empowerment indicators. Concerning the first, our results confirm a selection out of contracts in rural households where a woman is the household's head. With regard to the second, we may expect contrasting effects to be at work: on the one hand, the consequences of increased income relaxing the budget constraint, while, on the other, the effects of an intra-household shift towards men's control over assets. We find different results according to the indicator used: after controlling for selection bias, we find no effect on control over land, but a negative effect on women's access to extension services.
Subjects: 
contract farming
gender inequalities
women empowerment
Mozambique
propensity score matching
JEL: 
O13
J16
C21
C23
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-468-1
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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