December 11, 2017 – The World Development journal has accepted for publication an article by PEP researchers on “Spillovers from off-farm self-employment opportunities in rural Niger.” The publication of this article by local researchers in a low-income economy in such a prestigious journal exemplifies the impact of PEP support.
In 2017, papers from 12 PEP-supported projects were published or accepted for publication in international peer-reviewed journals. A further seven papers were featured in one of the most distinguished Philippine journals.
Four papers were accepted by highly regarded journals known for internationally excellent quality in terms of originality, significance, and rigor. Five of the accepted papers come from projects conducted in low-income economies, fragile or conflict states (LFCs).
Following the publication of a PEP working paper, PEP’s Grant Plus system encourages teams to prepare and submit their work to high-level scientific journals through collaboration with their PEP project mentor. New features, including a scientific writing workshop, brought in under the PAGE II initiative aim to increase the number of project papers published in peer-reviewed journals. As part of PEP’s mission to build capacity for local development solutions, this support is provided to PEP researchers to ensure high-quality research that can address specific knowledge gaps from a local perspective.
The project investigating “Spillovers from off-farm self-employment opportunities in rural Niger” received PEP support under the second round of the first PAGE initiative. A team of local researchers found that changes in the prices of agricultural inputs and outputs and land size constraints caused farm households to participate in off-farm self-employment activities. The team identified this finding as an indication of linkages between the farm and non-farm sectors in Niger. As well as looking at the factors encouraging off-farm self-employment, the team also found that such activities help increase food accessibility and decrease food insecurity.
The project was one of 24 selected (of over 260 submissions) for the first conference on Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 2015. PEP provided support grants to three young researchers, selected through a competitive process, so they could present their papers at the conference. The project leader for the team from Niger, Dr. Senakpon Dedehouanou, presented his team’s paper.
As part of the conference, a selection of the papers presented would be considered for publication in special issues of the World Development journal and the Agricultural Economics journal. A second PEP-supported paper presented at the conference was published earlier this year. The paper discussing “Nonfarm employment, agricultural intensification, and productivity change: empirical findings from Uganda” was published in the November 2017 issue of Agricultural Economics.