Egypt: Smallholder contract farming for high-value and organic agricultural exports

The study finds that contract farming could be an effective way of including smallholders in the effort to supply the horticultural export value chain, particularly if farmers are organized into farmer associations. The study reveals that smallholder families could increase their incomes by as much as 63 per cent if they engage in the contract farming of organic horticultural produce, and by 43 per cent if they engage in conventional export crops.

It is estimated that if farmers would organize into farmer associations they could improve their incomes by curtailing the number of traders and selling their own production in village, governorate, and metropolitan wholesale markets, improving their household incomes by 7, 15 and 22 per cent, respectively, in these markets.

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