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Volume 5 Number 1 June 2014
A Test of Separability of Consumption and Production Decisions of Farm Households in Ethiopia
Author_ Christophe MULLER
Pages 1-18
Abstract_ In this paper, I test and reject the separability of production and consumption decisions of agricultural households in Ethiopia, using data from a rural household survey conducted in 1994 and an estimated labor demand equation. I also elicit socio-demographic and asset variables that are positively linked with agricultural labor demand. These results reflect the limited development of fully organized labor markets in rural Ethiopia. They also imply that price subsidies, taxes and other purely market-driven agricultural policies may have only limited or perverse impacts. They should be complemented by policies directly affecting household decisions, such as food aid, technology transfer, free supply of fertilizers and so on.
Keywords_ Agricultural Household, Separability, Ethiopia
 
Volume 5 Number 1 June 2014
Growth versus Nutrition Debate in India: An Intra-Country Analysis of the Dichotomy
Author_ Neetu CHOUDHARY
Pages 19-44
Abstract_ This paper inquires into the mainstream debate on the growth–nutrition dichotomy, with its particular relevance for India. The contention is that in the case of India the much hyped dichotomy is intriguing because well-being in general and nutritional well-being in particular continues to be placed in the context of growth performance. The paper argues that this focus on growth is misleading, not only because it fails to analyze the apparently enigmatic incidence of child malnutrition in India, but more so because it constrains a realistic understanding of the issue and therefore distorts policy interventions. By situating the issue in the diverse socio-economic contexts of 28 states in India, this paper attempts to offer insight into the debate by accommodating the role of gender and other socio-behavioral factors into a framework for analyzing child malnutrition. To this end, the paper first conducts a cluster analysis to extend the existence of the growth-nutrition dichotomy to the inter-state level in India and then explains the same through a multidimensional conceptual perspective on (mal-)nutritional dynamics. In the process, the paper underscores that the theoretical foundation for a necessarily positive growth-nutrition linkage is shaky. While economic growth has the potential to better nutrition security, it is not sufficient in itself and does not necessarily stand in all contexts due to inherent characteristics of child nutrition, wherein the role of gender and government action come to play predominating roles as underlying factors.
Keywords_ Nutrition, Gender, Growth, State, Care behavior
 
Volume 5 Number 1 June 2014
Rising Income Inequality amid Declining Poverty: The Experience of China and India
Author_ Shalendra D. SHARMA
Pages 45-74
Abstract_ The unprecedented decline in poverty rates in China, and to a lesser extent, in India, has been accompanied by a sharp increase in income inequality, including new forms of impoverishment and destitution. What explains this paradoxical outcome where high GDP growth that has helped reduce absolute poverty has also resulted in widening income inequalities? What are the potential socioeconomic and political implications? And, how best to mitigate and reverse this growing socioeconomic polarization and promote more inclusive and balanced economic growth? This paper addresses these interrelated questions.
Keywords_ Income Inequality, Inclusive Growth, Poverty Rates, China and India, Globalization
 
Volume 5 Number 1 June 2014
Extending the Reach of Microcredit: A New Model for Poverty Alleviation through Livelihood Mapping in Bangladesh
Author_ Khurshed ALAM
Pages 75-98
Abstract_ While microcredit has helped improve the living standards of many, it has failed to meet the needs of the poorest in society. This paper identifies the weakness of the microcredit model and suggests a new model to alleviate the poverty of those beyond the reach of traditional microcredit. This model matches beneficiaries with Income Generating Activities (IGAs), using a new form of livelihood mapping. The paper discusses how this new model has been applied to a project in the Bangladesh sub-district of Tala Upazila.
Keywords_ Community Approach, Livelihood Mapping, Microcredit, Visible and Invisible Poverty, Grameen, Income Generating Activity (IGA)
 
Volume 5 Number 1 June 2014
The Limits of Legal Intervention in Customary Practices: Understanding the Unpopularity of Ghana’s PNDC Law 111 on Intestate Succession among the Anlo and Asante
Author_ Victor Selorme GEDZI
Pages 99-125
Abstract_ This study analyzes the level of popularity among the Anlo and the Asante in Ghana of PNDC Law 111 on intestate inheritance. Reasons for the promulgation of Law 111 include the removal of laws that discriminate against women and children, determination of intestacy and substitution for legal practices on inheritance after death, and provision of a uniform intestate inheritance law that is nationally applicable. The research uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The research finds that a lack of education, awareness of the law, rights-consciousness, financial resources and enforcement of the law provides only a partial explanation of the unpopularity of PNDC Law 111. More important is that certain contextual realities confronting the Anlo and the Asante were not adequately considered when the law was being drafted. This makes the law appear to some as an imposition. As a result, many remain unwilling to give up cultural institutions of intestate inheritance that appear to benefit them. Thus, it appears ineffective to use legislation alone to change such cultural practices. These findings are significant as they highlight the relatively low levels of popularity and observance of Law 111 among the research population, and the challenges facing the law moving forward. This greater appreciation of these difficulties allows the study to suggest effective interventions.
Keywords_ Customary Law, Women’s Rights, Legal Pluralism, Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty, Africa, Widows, Inheritance.
 
 
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