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Title:Empirical analysis of foodgrains productivity and potential in Lesotho
Author:Mochebelele, Motsamai T.ISNI
Periodical:Lesotho Social Sciences Review (ISSN 1028-0790)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Lesotho
Southern Africa
Subjects:agricultural productivity
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Economic analysis
Abstract:Numerous descriptive studies undertaken in Lesotho suggest declining national grain production and potential causes for this phenomenon. However, they fail to account for what actually happens at farm level. The present author uses a stochastic frontier framework to formally measure productive efficiency of food grains in Lesotho. Survey data collected from a sample of 300 households in four districts - Butha-Buthe, Leribe, Berea, and Maseru - are used to estimate the model and derive the relative efficiency indices. The results of the analysis suggest that the average technical efficiency of food grain producers is 74 percent. This implies that actual farm output is 26 percent below the output that is potentially feasible with existing inputs if best practice methods were adopted. In sum, Sotho farmers produce well below their potential food grain output. In addition, there are wide disparities of technical inefficiency among individual farmers, with individual efficiency indices ranging from 11 to 41 percent. Bibliogr., notes, sum.