Evaluating the performance of maize farmers in nigeria using stochastic distance and stochastic production frontiers

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dc.contributor.author Aye, Goodness Chioma
dc.contributor.author Mungatana, Eric D.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-19T06:22:06Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-19T06:22:06Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.description.abstract This study estimates the technical, allocative and cost efficiency of farm households using stochastic distance and stochastic production frontiers. Further, the study examines determinants of efficiency. Data was collected from a random sample of 240 maize farmers in Benue State Nigeria using structured questionnaires. Results from both distance and production frontiers show that farmers in the area are inefficient. Although the efficiency measures from the two frontiers are quantitatively different from each another, the overall consistency check shows that the farm households were ranked similarly by both approaches. This is particularly robust to allocative and cost efficiency. Improved maize seed, inorganic fertilizers, conservation practices, size of farm holdings, education, and access to extension services, credit and market were found to have significant impact on efficiency. Thus, investment in agricultural research coupled with complementary policies is an effective instrument for revamping agriculture and poverty reduction in Nigeria. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2013 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The authors are grateful to DAAD and MMMF for funding this study. en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/JHE/JHE-00-0-000-000-1990-Web/JHE-00-0-000-000-1990-1-Cover.htm en_US
dc.identifier.citation Aye, GC & Mungatana, ED 2012, 'Evaluating the performance of maize farmers in nigeria using stochastic distance and stochastic production frontiers', Journal of Human Ecology, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 177-188. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0970-9274
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/21181
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Kamla-Raj en_US
dc.rights © Kamla-Raj 2012 en_US
dc.subject Efficiency en_US
dc.subject Stochastic frontier en_US
dc.subject Farmers en_US
dc.subject Policy en_US
dc.subject Technology en_US
dc.title Evaluating the performance of maize farmers in nigeria using stochastic distance and stochastic production frontiers en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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