Poor Rural Households,Technical Change and Income Distribution in Developing Countries (Sierra Leone and Nigeria). [1976 - 1979]

Co-Principal Investigators:

Project end date: September 30, 1979

Project Name:            Poor Rural Households,Technical Change and Income Distribution in Developing Countries (Sierra Leone and Nigeria) *
Donor:                        United States Agency for International Development
Contract No:              AID/ta-C-1328 
Account No:               MSU 71-2023
Location:                    Sierra Leone and Nigeria  
Duration;                    July 1976-September 1979
Budget:                       $345,354
Documents:               (Click here to view)

Project Goals:           To analyze the effects of rural development policies and projects, including pricing policies and technological packages, on the rural and urban poor.

Project Plans/Objectives:

  • To analyze the direct benefit incidence of rural development policies and projects.
  • To analyze the direct and indirect benefit incidence of rural development projects and policies through an analysis of farm, rural non-farm, and urban linkages.
  • To develop methodologies for measuring the benefit incidence of rural development policies and projects.
  • To analyze the cost effectiveness of alternate information systems for incorporating benefit incidence in project appraisal and ongoing project evaluation.

Cooperating Institutions: Cornell University (undertaking a similar project in the Philippines, Indonesia, and India) and Purdue University (undertaking a similar. project in Brazil); Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone

Project Summary: MSU, in cooperation with West African colleagues, analyzed the direct and indirect benefit incidence of rural development projects and policies by examining farm, rural non-farm, and urban linkages in two case study countries - Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The study team then developed methodologies for measuring the benefit incidence of rural development policies and projects and analyzed the cost-effectiveness of alternate information systems for incorporating this data into project evaluations.

Selected Documents From/About This Project:

 

*This description is adapted from work by Nancy E. Horn, an MSU alumnus from the Anthropology Department, published in 1985 “A Project History of Michigan State University’s Participation in International Development for the period 1951 – 1985”.  See AFRE Emeritus Faculty Acknowledgements