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Title:An Analytical Framework of the Relationship between Migration to Mechanized Farming and Peasant Labour Supply in the Rainfed Savannah Belt of the Sudan
Author:Affan, Khalid
Periodical:Sudan Notes and Records
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:internal migration
subsistence farming
agricultural mechanization
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:This paper deals specifically with the effect on aggregate peasant labour supply of short-term rural-rural migration to mechanized farming (MF). Since this type of labour movement is undertaken, typically, during the agricultural season in family farming (FF), it is reasonable to hypothesize that labour flow to mechanized farming could be secured by either intensifying the use of peasant labour or reducing the labour supply to family farming (i.e., an inverse labour supply relationship exists between MF and FF). The implications of findings that the Inverse Labour Supply hypothesis is true could be farreaching in that the very survival of family farming in the rainfed savannah of the Sudan would be threatened by the migration of peasants to mechanized farming. In this paper, an analytical framework is developed in terms of a simple model which would, hopefully, facilitate empirical testing of the hypothesis. It is envisioned that the primary source of data for estimating the formulae of the model would be village surveys supplemented by studies on migration at the receiving end, namely, mechanized farming. Notes, ref.