Impact of contract farming on profits and yield of smallholder farms in Nepal: an evidence from lentil cultivation
Kumar, A and Roy, D and Joshi, PK and Tripathi, G and Adhikari, RP, Impact of contract farming on profits and yield of smallholder farms in Nepal: an evidence from lentil cultivation, Proceedings of the 2016 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, 31 July - 2 August 2016, Boston, Massachusetts, pp. 1-33. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]
This study is undertaken to quantify the benefits of contract farming (CF) on farmersí income in a case where new market opportunities are emerging for smallholder farmers in Nepal. CF is emerging as an important form of vertical coordination in the agrifood supply chain. The prospect for CF in a country like Nepal with accessibility issues, underdeveloped markets, and lack of amenities remains ambiguous. On the one hand, contractors find it difficult to build links in these cases, particularly when final consumers have quality and safety requirements. On the other hand, lack of other market opportunities makes the contracts more sustainable. The latter happens if there are product-specific quality advantages because of agroecology and, more important, lack of side-selling opportunities. At the same time concerns remain about monoposonistic powers of the buyers when small farmers do not have outside options. Results of this study show that CF is significantly more profitable (81 percent greater net income) than independent production, the main pathway being higher yield and price realization. The positive impact of CF on farmersí profits can help Nepal in harnessing the growing demand for pulses, especially in neighboring international markets, like India.
Refereed Conference Paper
contract farming, lentil, income, small farmers, policy process, Nepal, agriculture development strategy