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Economies 2018, 6(3), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/economies6030042

Did the Plan Sénégal Emergent Affect Cropping Decisions in the Senegal River Basin?

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Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0240, USA
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Department of Economics and Management, Universitie Gaston-Berger de Saint Louis, Saint Louis 3200, Senegal
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Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08902, USA
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Bureau for Food Security, US Agency for International Development, Washington, DC 20523, USA
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Received: 30 March 2018 / Revised: 2 June 2018 / Accepted: 11 July 2018 / Published: 23 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Economic Development in Africa)
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Abstract

One of the basic debates in African development is whether agriculture can be the instrument for the transformation of a rural economy. A common question is whether agricultural policies can provide the impetus to move agriculture in developing economies from subsistence to commercial agriculture. Senegal’s Plan Sénégal Emergent (PSE) provides a data point in this discussion. Senegal and international donors invested in agricultural supply chains starting in 2012 to facilitate the emergence of commercial agriculture for peanuts, rice, and vegetables. This study focuses on these investments in the Senegal River Valley of northern Senegal. The empirical results presented in this study provide evidence that farms in the Senegal River Valley impacted by PSE have moved away from subsistence agriculture by planting more hectares in commercial crops. View Full-Text
Keywords: Senegal; agricultural and rural transformation; information approach Senegal; agricultural and rural transformation; information approach
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Moss, C.B.; Mbaye, S.; Naseem, A.; Oehmke, J.F. Did the Plan Sénégal Emergent Affect Cropping Decisions in the Senegal River Basin? Economies 2018, 6, 42.

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