The Sharing Economy in Developing Countries: The Case of Agricultural Mechanization Hire Service Enterprises


  • Martin Hilmi Governance Consultant, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy.


Sharing economy, share economy, agriculture, agricultural mechanization, agricultural mechanization hire service enterprise


The aim of the research was to attempt to better understand the sharing economy practice in developing countries using as a case, agricultural mechanization hire service enterprises (AMHSEs). The research was based on literature and sources of secondary data and information. The research identified 35 characteristics of the sharing economy and used these as criteria. The criteria were set against evidence that emerged from the research based on nine countries (China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal and Nigeria) and cases at regional level for Africa and Asia. The findings were then classified into five categories ranging from very low to very high relevance to the sharing economy. Interestingly, what emerged was that AMHSEs, even though having a general mixed relevance to the sharing economy, provided for a major tendency of low relevance to the sharing economy practice. Thus, what emerged mainly from the research was that AMHSEs have a low relevance to the sharing economy practice in developing countries. Thus, such a finding provides that within the context of the cases provided, the sharing economy practice in developing countries is somewhat minimal.