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Title:Technical efficiency among smallholder rice farmers: a comparative analysis of three agro-ecological zones in Cameroon
Authors:Njikam, OusmanouISNI
Alhadji, Hamidou Azi
Year:2017
Periodical:African Development Review (ISSN 1467-8268)
Volume:29
Issue:1
Pages:28-43
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:small farms
rice
technology
Link:https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8268.12236
Abstract:Rice production in Cameroon is characterized by smallholder type of production, disease-plagued farms, huge inefficiency, and largely depends on agro-ecological conditions. So, the country imports most of its domestic consumption needs of rice. Using survey data from 1,141 Cameroonian smallholder rice farmers, their scores of technical efficiency, determinants and the extent of their variability across three agro-ecological zones are analyzed. The results suggest significant room for improvement in the farmers' technical efficiency which varies largely across and within agro-ecological zones. Correlates of technical efficiency differentials among the farmers differ across agro-ecological zones, ranging from the age and experience of farmer and land ownership in the Sahel, age of farmer, land ownership and distance village-farm in the western highland, to agricultural training in the bimodal humid rain forest zone. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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