Evaluating the performance of small scale maize producers in Nigeria : an integrated distance function approach

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dc.contributor.author Aye, Goodness Chioma
dc.contributor.author Mungatana, Eric D.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-01T10:31:12Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-31T00:20:06Z
dc.date.issued 2013-07
dc.description.abstract The study evaluates the performance of small scale maize producers in Nigeria using stochastic input distance function (SIDF) and variable returns to scale data envelopment analysis (VRS DEA). Further, it examines the determinants of technical efficiency using the double‐bounded Tobit regression model. Results show that maize farmers are operating below the frontier. Technical efficiency estimates from SIDF and VRS DEA models are 86.7 percent and 85.5 percent, respectively. The efficiency estimates obtained from the two models are positively and significantly correlated. Given the high correlation between the two models in our analysis, and for individual variance and bias reduction, the efficiency scores from these models for each farmer are further combined into a single index using the principal component analysis (PCA) approach. Technical efficiency from the integrated model is 86.2 percent. Our findings show that maize production could still be raised by improving farm efficiency. Age, education, household size, membership of a farmer group, access to credit, and market were found to be statistically significant in explaining technical efficiency, thus emphasizing the need for policy intervention in improving farm efficiency. en_US
dc.description.librarian hb2014 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and World Bank Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) en_US
dc.description.uri http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-940X en_US
dc.identifier.citation Aye, GC & Mungatana, EN 2013, 'Evaluating the performance of small scale maize producers in Nigeria : an integrated distance function approach', Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 79-92. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0917-0553 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1467-940X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/rurd.12010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/40474
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.rights © The Applied Regional Science Conference (ARSC)/Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd 2013. en_US
dc.subject Evaluating en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.subject Small scale maize producers en_US
dc.subject Nigeria en_US
dc.title Evaluating the performance of small scale maize producers in Nigeria : an integrated distance function approach en_US
dc.type Preprint Article en_US


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