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Risks and farmers’ investment in productive assets in Nigeria
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
© 2011 International Association of Agricultural Economists
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 143–153, March 2012
How to Cite
Takeshima, H. and Yamauchi, F. (2012), Risks and farmers’ investment in productive assets in Nigeria. Agricultural Economics, 43: 143–153. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2011.00572.x
- Issue published online: 14 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
- Received 14 January 2011; received in revised form 2 May 2011; accepted 5 August 2011
- Risk coping strategy;
- Productive assets;
- Rainfall risk;
- Price risk;
- External capital injection;
The majority of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lack the means to mitigate the impact of risks associated with rainfall and commodity prices due to capital constraints and the imperfect insurance market in these countries. Because most SSA farmers are risk averse, they may be willing to invest in productive assets that can mitigate the impacts of such risks if their capital constraints are relaxed through external financial assistance. We test this hypothesis by using panel data on investment behavior of Nigerian farmers who received financial assistance on productive assets. The empirical results show that farmers facing higher rainfall risks are more likely to invest in irrigation pumps that can mitigate the impact of rainfall risks, while those facing higher risks of white gari price are more likely to invest in milling machines that enable them to process cassava into flour instead of gari, which supports our hypothesis.