The efficiency of maize farming in Malawi. A bootstrapped translog frontier

Tchale, H. and Sauer, Johannes (2007) The efficiency of maize farming in Malawi. A bootstrapped translog frontier. Cahiers d’Economie et Sociologie Rurales, 82-83 . pp. 34-56. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

We measure the level and determinants of technical efficiency of maize based smallholder farmers using a bootstrapped translog stochastic frontier that is a posteriori checked for functional consistency. The results show that higher levels of technical efficiency are obtained when farmers use integrated soil fertility options compared to the use of inorganic fertilizer only. With respect to the policy variables considered in the analysis, access to agricultural input and output markets, credit provision and extension services strongly influence smallholders’ technical efficiency. There is a need to strengthen these public policy issues in order to effectively address the efficiency of Malawian agriculture and its impact on poverty by ensuring sustainable soil fertility management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: smallholder agriculture, bootstrapped frontier, soil fertility management, Malawi
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Agri-Environment Economics
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 14 May 2008 07:22
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 11:23
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3213 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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