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

Tchale, H., 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 currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:3213)

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Abstract

We measure the level and determinants of technical efficiency of maize based smallholder farmersusing a bootstrapped translog stochastic frontier that is a posteriori checked for functional consistency. The resultsshow that higher levels of technical efficiency are obtained when farmers use integrated soil fertility optionscompared 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 influencesmallholders’ technical efficiency. There is a need to strengthen these public policy issues in order to effectivelyaddress the efficiency of Malawian agriculture and its impact on poverty by ensuring sustainable soil fertilitymanagement.

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: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics > Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS)
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 14 May 2008 07:22 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2021 14:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3213 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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