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Evaluating the Impact of Large-Scale Agricultural Investments on Household Food Security Using an Endogenous Switching Regression Model

Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0028, South Africa
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Land 2021, 10(3), 323; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030323
Received: 5 February 2021 / Revised: 26 February 2021 / Accepted: 4 March 2021 / Published: 20 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land Rush in Africa)
This study set out to estimate the effects of large-scale agricultural investments (LSAIs) on household food security in one community each in Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique. An endogenous switching regression model was adopted to control for a possible selection bias due to unobserved factors. It was found that households with members employed by large-scale agricultural investment companies were more likely larger households headed by younger migrant males holding smaller plots and fewer livestock than non-engaged households. The endogenous switching regression results confirmed the presence of both a positive and negative selection bias. In general, the results showed that households with a member employed by an LSAI enjoyed better household food security, higher dietary diversity, better food consumption scores and more adequate household food provisioning. Households without employed members could also enjoy these benefits should the LSAIs employ their members. However, the seasonal nature and low wages paid by LSAI may only support the purchase of food and not facilitate savings and investments to significantly improve food security. View Full-Text
Keywords: large-scale agricultural investments; food security; endogenous switching regression; dietary diversity score; food consumption score large-scale agricultural investments; food security; endogenous switching regression; dietary diversity score; food consumption score
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Fitawek, W.; Hendriks, S.L. Evaluating the Impact of Large-Scale Agricultural Investments on Household Food Security Using an Endogenous Switching Regression Model. Land 2021, 10, 323. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030323

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Fitawek W, Hendriks SL. Evaluating the Impact of Large-Scale Agricultural Investments on Household Food Security Using an Endogenous Switching Regression Model. Land. 2021; 10(3):323. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030323

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Fitawek, Wegayehu, and Sheryl L. Hendriks. 2021. "Evaluating the Impact of Large-Scale Agricultural Investments on Household Food Security Using an Endogenous Switching Regression Model" Land 10, no. 3: 323. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030323

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