Risk aversion, crop diversification, and food security

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This paper explores the interplay between risk aversion, crop diversification, and food security. In poor agrarian countries, farmers’ risk aversion is inherently linked to their food security, yet empirical evidence regarding this relationship remains scarce. Using field experiment data from rural Ethiopia, I find that crop diversity is a mediating mechanism through which farmers’ risk aversion negatively affects food security. This finding highlights the importance of factoring in farmers’ risk preferences when formulating policies aimed at promoting crop diversification among impoverished smallholder farmers as a strategy to mitigate food insecurity.

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Applied Economics

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