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Title:Economies of Scale, Capacity Utilisation and Productivity Measurement in Zimbabwean Commercial Agriculture
Authors:Mlambo, Kupukile
Zitsanza, Nancy
Periodical:African Development Review
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:agricultural productivity
agricultural technology
Economics and Trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8268.1997.tb00153.x/pdf
Abstract:A successful transformation of the agricultural sector in Zimbabwe into a dynamic and efficient producer of output is partly dependent on appropriate technological advance. Using a production theory framework, the authors document improvements in the performance of total factor productivity growth in Zimbabwe's commercial agricultural sector and draw conclusions for technology-improving policies. They find that between 1970 and 1990, the commercial agricultural sector recorded a 3.4 percent increase in total factor productivity, slightly higher than that suggested by earlier studies using the traditional growth accounting framework. The results also indicate that the effect of technical change dominates total factor productivity growth, followed by the effect of capacity utilization, while economy of scale had a negative impact. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French.