This study analyzes panel data from the Tanzania Living Standards Measurement Study‐Integrated Surveys on Agriculture by the World Bank to investigate the impact of nonfarm entrepreneurship as a nonfarm activity on the value of crop output and household welfare, and to explore the potential transmission channels among rural farm households. Using a dynamic panel model to address endogeneity, our results reveal that nonfarm entrepreneurship has a positive impact on the value of crop output and household welfare. Our findings suggest that income from nonfarm entrepreneurship may enhance crop output through crop production technology and credit access, and household welfare through an increase in consumption expenditure and food expenditure as potential transmission mechanisms. Policies that enhance nonfarm entrepreneurship may also reinforce crop production and the welfare of farm households and are thus imperative. We suggest that policies that boost nonfarm sector growth such as agro‐processing and agribusiness enterprise development might achieve the twin objectives simultaneously: enhancing crop production and household welfare [EconLit Citations: C33, D24, Q12, 012].
Barasa, L., Kinuthia, B. K., Araar, A., Maende, S., & Mariera, F. (2022). Nonfarm entrepreneurship, crop output, and household welfare in Tanzania: An exploration of transmission channels. Agribusiness. Portico. https://doi.org/10.1002/agr.21788