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A model of household decisions in dryland agropastoral systems

MilnerGulland, EJ; Mace, R; Scoones, I; (1996) A model of household decisions in dryland agropastoral systems. AGR SYST , 51 (4) 407 - 430.

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Abstract

A model of household decision-making in dryland agropastoral systems is presented. This is used to find the optimal combination of crops and livestock that a farmer will choose to keep, depending on household wealth, under the assumption that farmers act to minimize their long-term probability of destitution. The farmer can choose to plant a high-risk crop such as maize, a low-risk crop such as millet, and to keep goats or cattle. An interaction between these components is modelled involving the use of cattle for draft power. It is shown that very poor farmers will choose to plant maize, whereas cattle are kept only if they are to be used for draft power, and only by the wealthier farmers. Copyright (C) 1996 Elsevier Science Ltd

Type:Article
Title:A model of household decisions in dryland agropastoral systems
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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