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The Impact of Smallholder Farmers’ Agricultural Commercialization on Rural Households’ Food Security in Major Coffee Growing Areas of South West Ethiopia: the Case of Jimma Zone


This study aimed to analyze the impact of smallholder farmers’ agricultural commercialization on rural food security in major coffee growing areas of south west Ethiopia: the case of Jimma zone. For this study both primary and secondary data were used to generate the required information. Multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select 150 smallholder farmers. Analytical tool used includes descriptive statistics, Crop Output Market Participation Index (COMPI) and Logit model. The results showed that about 68% of the small holder farmers were food secure households. Smallholder farmer commercialization has positive effect on food security level of smallholder farmers. The estimation results of the logit model showed that family size (FSIZEAE), Age of household (HEADAGE), Size of cultivated land (FLANDha), Crop output market participation (COMP), Access to credit (AC-CREDT) were significantly affect rural household food security. The study suggests for policies interventions that will improve smallholder farmer family planning service, accesses to credits, Capacity building, better land conservation practices, market information and road in designing food security policy in the study areas.

Corporate Author: 
Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors: 

Commercialization, smallholder farmer

Secondary Descriptor: 

Food Security-rural; Coffee

Geographic Descriptors: 
Ethiopia, Jimma
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Broad Subject heading: 
Agricultural Commercialization
Call Number: 
330.0963 PRO 2017
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2017-06-02 00:00:00
Conference Place: 
Addis Ababa, EEA Multi-purpose Building Conference Hall
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: 
Current frequency: 
Thematic area: 
Agriculture, Environment and Social Sector Related Topics
Conference date: 
July 21 – 23, 2016