Can off-farm participation improve agricultural production and farmer welfare in Tanzania and Uganda?

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Smallholder farmers in East Africa are turning to off-farm employment to supplement their income and support productionbut the smaller available pool of family farm labor may, in fact, be causing a decline in agricultural production. A team of local PEP researchers examined the impacts of off-farm participation on agricultural production and farmers’ welfare in Uganda and Tanzania, where recent government policies have encouraged off-farm employment as a path to growth. They found that although off-farm employment is linked to improved welfare in Tanzania, agricultural production decreases in both countries. 
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