Farm viability of (semi)subsistence smallholders in Sierra Leone

This paper explores how different theoretical viewpoints on market integration and socioinstitutional settings alter farm viability assessments based on (semi)subsistence farm income measurements. The measurement of net farm income (NFI) is presented under two approaches: one based on Neoclassical Economics, and another from a Neo-Institutional perspective. Using data from Sierra Leone it is demonstrated that the assumptions about (output and input) market integration/participation, labour usage accounting and other institutional arrangements of (semi)subsistence farming affect NFI calculations. As a consequence, different farm viability readings emerge, directly influencing the outcome of policy decisions.


Issue Date:
2014-08
Publication Type:
Journal Article
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Record Identifier:
https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/183891
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/183891
Published in:
African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 09, 3
Page range:
165-182
Total Pages:
18




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