Impact of Agricultural Productivity on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation in ECOWAS Countries: An Empirical Analysis Mouayadi Said Ali Madi, Jiong Gong, & Kokou Wotodjo Tozo

Impact of Agricultural Productivity on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation in ECOWAS Countries: An Empirical Analysis

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Mouayadi Said Ali Madi, Jiong Gong, & Kokou Wotodjo Tozo

Abstract

Many African countries are still being faced with basic welfare issues such as hunger and extreme poverty, sparking debates among researchers and policy makers on whether the continent can endogenously leverage its agricultural potentials to address these challenges. To contribute to these debates, this study employs a panel data spanning 26 year (1990-2015) and including 13 ECOWAS countries to analyze the impact of production factors on agricultural productivity and examine the question of whether and how agriculture can serve as a tool for growth and poverty alleviation in the region. By linearizing the Cobb-Douglas production function and using fixed effects (FE) with country dummies, we find positive and significant relationship between lands cultivated, physical and financial capitals, as opposed to labor employed on agricultural productivity. Next, by using 2SLS/IV and GMM/IV methods, we show that agricultural productivity can be a pro-growth and counter-poverty tool. Furthermore we find that non-agricultural productivity interacts significantly with agricultural productivity and that agricultural productivity gap (APG) decreases both growth and poverty index. Following these results, we chart the transmission mechanisms for policy makers that will allow them to understand the linkages and pathways through which agricultural productivity affects the entire economy.

Key words: Agricultural productivity, agricultural productivity gap (APG), production factors, economic growth, poverty reduction, ECOWAS, SSA, Africa.

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Title: Impact of Agricultural Productivity on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation in ECOWAS Countries: An Empirical Analysis
Author:

Mouayadi Said Ali Madi, Jiong Gong, & Kokou Wotodjo Tozo

Journal Name: Journal of Scientific Reports
Website: https://ijsab.com/jsr
Publisher IJSAB-International
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3935367
Media: Online
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Acceptance Date: 07/07/2020
Date of Publication: 08/07/2020
PDF URL: https://ijsab.com/wp-content/uploads/1013.pdf
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Page: 97-125
First Page: 97
Last Page: 125
Paper Type: Research Paper
Current Status: Published

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Mouayadi Said Ali Madi, Jiong Gong, & Kokou Wotodjo Tozo (2020). Impact of Agricultural Productivity on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation in ECOWAS Countries: An Empirical Analysis. Journal of Scientific Reports, 2(1), 97-125. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3935367

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Mouayadi Said Ali Madi, PhD, Industrial Economics, School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing-China.

Jiong Gong, Professor of Economics, School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing-China.

Kokou Wotodjo Tozo (Corresponding Author), PhD, International Economics, School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Beijing-China.

 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3935367

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