This study addressed a gap in knowledge about the outcomes of in-kind agricultural micro-credit projects on the welfare of the poor and ultra-poor smallholders. This research focused on an in-kind agricultural micro-credit project in Marrambajane village (Chókwé district, in southern Mozambique). Within the framework of the project, beneficiaries were given in-kind credit (seeds, fertilizer) to grow cash crops (tomato, onion, cabbage). To participate in the project farmers joined an Association which was part of a larger Union of Associations. The study measured the changes in material wellbeing of beneficiaries and development of social capital as a result of participation in the project. Material wellbeing was measured through income generation and acquisition of assets through participation in the project. In addition, the sustainability of the intervention was also assessed. The study made use of a case study design adopting both quantitative and qualitative methods. Multiple data collection tools were used to collect data. Participatory methods were used to develop a wellbeing ranking of beneficiary households. A questionnaire was administered with beneficiaries (farmers).
Alcino das Felicidades Fabião
Alcino das Felicidades Fabião has a Masters Degree in Development Studies from University of Kwazulu Natal, School of Development Studies, South Africa and BSc honours Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. He is an Agricultural Researcher working for Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
agriculture, Microcredit, poverty
SCIENCE / Horticulture