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Crop Genetic Diversity, Farm Productivity and the Management of Environmental Risk in Rainfed Agriculture

Di Falco, Salvatore Crop Genetic Diversity, Farm Productivity and the Management of Environmental Risk in Rainfed Agriculture. European Review of Agricultural Economics, . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:11161)

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Abstract

This paper presents an assessment of the linkages between crop genetic diversity, farmproductivity and risk management. A flexible moment-based approach is used toanalyse the impact of crop genetic diversity on the mean, variance and skewness ofyield. Using farm-level data from Sicily (Italy), econometric evidence shows howcrop genetic diversity can increase farm productivity and reduce risk exposure. Theempirical results indicate that crop genetic diversity can reduce variance, but only ifpesticide use is low. Furthermore, high diversity levels can reduce downside riskexposure (e.g. the risk of crop failure). This provides useful insights on the linkagesbetween resilience and crop genetic diversity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
S Agriculture
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Salvatore Di-Falco
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 16:54 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2021 15:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/11161 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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