Title: Household level spillover effects from biofuels: evidence from castor in Ethiopia
Authors: Riera, Olivia ×
Swinnen, Jo #
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: IPC Science and Technology Press
Series Title: Food Policy vol:59 issue:C pages:55-65
Abstract: The indirect effects of biofuels are mostly considered negative. In this paper, we argue that there may be a positive indirect effect of biofuels on food security and poverty. Using micro-level evidence and a matched plot pair design through which we control for plot and farmer characteristics, we show that the introduction of castor production for biofuel in a poor country as Ethiopia can significantly improve food productivity of rural households who produce raw material for biofuel production. This spillover seems particularly linked to enhanced access to inputs and technical assistance which were provided as part of biofuel feedstock production contracts. Our results thus document another mechanism through which biofuels may influence smallholders’ food security, a mechanism that did not receive attention so far.
ISSN: 0306-9192
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Development Economics, Leuven
LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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