Impact of market linkage strategies on agricultural productivity, farm incomes and poverty in South Kivu
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Abstract

 

Smallholder farmers’ access to input and output markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is essential for poverty reduction. Through markets, farmers are able to sell a portion of their harvest and use income earned to buy non-produced goods required for home consumption.

 Despite its importance, market access by smallholder farmers in SSA remains limited even after market liberalization in the 1980s when governments disengaged in marketing boards. Current programs that link smallholder farmers to existing markets are supported by international agencies and non-governmental organizations. It is therefore essential to know whether these programs are efficient. This information will be helpful in the design of appropriate policies for improving the welfare of participating farm households.