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Heterogeneous welfare effects of farmer groups in smallholder irrigation schemes in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-01T16:15:39Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-01T16:15:39Z
dc.date.issued 2021-06-01 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/16040
dc.description.abstract This paper analyses the heterogeneous effects of membership of a farmer group on access to water, use of inorganic fertiliser, household incomes, and farm asset holdings. A sample of 401 irrigators in South Africa was analysed using propensity score matching. The study found that group membership had a positive effect on all four outcomes. Group members had an extra four days of access to water in a month, and applied at least 130 kg/ha more inorganic fertiliser, than non-group members. Group members had a higher household income per capita and more assets than nongroup members. However, the result revealed a heterogeneous effect among group members, with the benefits varying according to members' socio-economic characteristics as well as internal group dynamics. The government and private donors should continue to promote the formation and organisation of farmers into groups. The role of group membership in farming outcomes can be enhanced if smaller groups are promoted. It is also crucial that strategies for promoting trust, reciprocity and group commitment be implemented for better group outcomes. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Earthscan en
dc.subject FARMERS en
dc.subject SMALLHOLDER FARMING en
dc.subject AGRICULTURE en
dc.subject EQUALITY en
dc.title Heterogeneous welfare effects of farmer groups in smallholder irrigation schemes in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 16(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2021/22 en
dc.ResearchGroup Inclusive Economic Development en
dc.SourceTitle African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11992 en
dc.PageNumber 27-45 en
dc.outputnumber 11144 en
dc.bibliographictitle Phakathi, S., Sinyolo, S., Fraser, G.C.C. & Marire, J. (2021) Heterogeneous welfare effects of farmer groups in smallholder irrigation schemes in South Africa. <i>African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics</i>. 16(1):27-45. en
dc.publicationyear 2021 en
dc.contributor.author1 Phakathi, S. en
dc.contributor.author2 Sinyolo, S. en
dc.contributor.author3 Fraser, G.C.C. en
dc.contributor.author4 Marire, J. en


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