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dc.contributor.authorMachila, M.en
dc.contributor.authorLyne, Michaelen
dc.contributor.authorNuthall, Peter L.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-26T01:21:31Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/6893
dc.description.abstractZimbabwe has a pluralistic agricultural extension system. In addition to the public extension service, donors contract private service providers to deliver a range of extension services in specific project areas. This study focuses on extension services delivered by a local agribusiness firm and funded by USAID in the Mutasa district of Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province. The purpose is to assess the impact of these services on household outcomes such as farm income, and perceived benefits such as improved diet, health, child education, savings and access to support services. The study analyses survey data gathered from 94 client and 90 non-client rural households in June 2014. Propensity score matching was used to identify an appropriate control group within the group of non-clients. Descriptive statistics were compared across the control and client groups, and the impact of the extension service on each outcome estimated using two-stage least squares regression with instrumental variables to account for selection bias. The results show that outsourced extension services contributed significantly to household crop income, net crop income and expenditure on farm inputs and services. In addition, clients perceived a range of socio-economic benefits such as improved food security and better access to support networks. The financial costs and benefits of these services will be assessed in a second paper.en
dc.format.extent1-16en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherDevneten
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - Devnet - http://www.devnet.org.nz/content/2014-devnet-conferenceen
dc.rightsCopyright © The Authors.en
dc.sourceAotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DevNet) Biennial Conferenceen
dc.subjectagricultural extensionen
dc.subjectoutcomesen
dc.subjecttreatment modelen
dc.subjectselection biasen
dc.subjectinstrumental variablesen
dc.titleImpacts of a donor-funded extension service on small farmers in the Mutasa district of Zimbabween
dc.typeConference Contribution - Published
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agribusiness and Commerceen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Agribusiness and Marketsen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Land Management and Systemsen
lu.contributor.unitResearch Management Officeen
lu.contributor.unit/LU/Research Management Office/2018 PBRF Staff groupen
dc.subject.anzsrc160804 Rural Sociologyen
dc.subject.anzsrc070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusinessen
dc.relation.isPartOfFrom Vulnerability to Resilience: Partnerships for Development : 2014 DevNet Conferenceen
pubs.finish-date2014-11-29en
pubs.organisational-group/LU
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/AGMK
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/LAMS
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office/2018 PBRF Staff group
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.publisher-urlhttp://www.devnet.org.nz/content/2014-devnet-conferenceen
pubs.start-date2014-11-27en
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0002-4530-1195
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0002-1964-8937
lu.subtypeConference Paperen


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