Journal of
Development and Agricultural Economics

  • Abbreviation: J. Dev. Agric. Econ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9774
  • DOI: 10.5897/JDAE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 527

JDAE Articles

Competitive strategies for purchasing of cocoa by licensed buying companies in Ghana: The determinants and performance implications

October 2021

This study explored the different competitive strategies used by the Licensed Buying Companies (LBC), the determinants of their choices and how it affected their performance. It also determined whether these strategies used influenced a farmer’s decision to sell the cocoa beans to the LBCs as well as the constraints faced by farmers and the LBCS in doing business. Primary data was used for this study. Descriptive...

Author(s): John-Eudes Bakang, Alexander Annor Frimpong, Seth Etuah, Enoch Kwame Tham-Agyekum, Isaac Nii Sowah, Emmanuel Amponsah Doodo, Mark Amponsah, Evelyn Kyeraa Boateng and Mariama Iddrisu  

An impact assessment of agriculture technological transfer from China to West Africa: A computable general equilibrium (CGE) dynamic approach

September 2021

China’s presence and influence in West Africa is on the rise, given China’s colossal investment in the sub-region’s economy. It is against this background that impact assessment was conducted by measuring the deviation between the baseline equilibrium against the policy scenarios of low and high agriculture technology transfer. The results of the study exemplify that for an effective impact on...

Author(s): Christopher Belford, Huang Delin, Ebrima Ceesay, Ahmed Yosri Nasi, Jonga Rutendo Happy and Lang Sanyang

Effects of regional trade policy on tariff revenue: Evidence from latent gains/Losses by Nigeria

September 2021

The study identified all Nigeria’s products of trade, with a view to ascertaining and computing volumes of net trade and corresponding latent gains and or losses sustained in pursuit of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) trade policy objectives. Data were soured from United Nations Commodity Trade (UNComtrade), via Trade Analysis and Information System Window. The inherent most-favored-nations...

Author(s): Godwin Odo Onogwu, Igbodor Francis Onwe and Osayi Prisca Chinwe

The diversification of global agribusiness trade from 2000-2019

August 2021

Agricultural trade is closely interconnected with a range of food security and development related issues in the case of developing countries. In this regard, diversification of both trade partners and products traded can play an important role in terms of strengthening food security concerning imports, but also as a means to create a more resilient basket of exports. This article analyses the diversification of global...

Author(s): Cinthia Cabral da Costa, Niels Søndergaard and Marcos Sawaya Jank

Effect of healthcare accessibility on cocoa farmers' food security in Ondo State, Nigeria

August 2021

Effect of healthcare accessibility on cocoa farmers’ food security explored latest research from the economic, medical and food security literature concerning the eminence of care, physical accessibility, cost, availability of the right type of care for those in need, and its significances on food security, with a focus on healthcare personnel availability. A multistage (five-stage) sampling procedure was employed...

Author(s): Ajayi O. Esther and Olajide O. Adeola

Performance of integrated and single cooperatives in bulk production and credit provision to smallholder farmers in Uganda

July 2021

Agricultural cooperatives are autonomous associations of individuals formed to augment production, marketing and financial needs of members. In Uganda, performance of cooperatives is largely constrained by weak organizational structures, market failures, and policy weaknesses. An integrated cooperative model (ICM) was introduced to improve performance of cooperatives but the effect of ICM on institutional performance...

Author(s): Mercy Nimusiima, Johnny Mugisha, Bernard Obaa and Rolland Agaba,

Agricultural services on the demand and supply for improving agricultural productivity in Benin

July 2021

The Beninese government has undertaken far-reaching reforms in the agricultural service supply in Benin since 2016. The objective of the article was to assess the level of satisfaction of the agricultural services supply and demand and to analyze the determinants of the level of satisfaction of agricultural services in Benin. The primary data used was provided from entire national territory by taking into account all...

Author(s): C. Hervé Sossou, Elysée M. Houedjofonon, Victor Codjo, Daniel M. Noukpozounkou and Nestor R. Ahoyo Adjovi

Economic impact of DroughtTEGO® hybrid maize in Kenya

July 2021

This paper utilizes the Economic Surplus Model (ESM) to provide an ex-post evaluation of the economic impact of drought tolerant hybrid maize technology in Kenya. Results indicate that the adoption of DroughtTEGO® varieties will generate economic benefit to producers with a net present value of US$ 2.1 billion over a 20-year period. These benefits are sustainable when adoption levels remain above 32% and yield...

Author(s): Daniel Kyalo Willy, Ibrahim Macharia, George Marechera, Grace Muinga, Stephen Mugo, Ruth Rotich, Ruth Khasaya Oniang&#;o, James Karanja, Caleb O. Obunyali and Sylvester O. Oikeh

What influences uptake of alternative pest management practices by potato farmers? Evidence from six counties in Kenya

July 2021

Potato pest and disease management has been dominated by chemical pesticides, despite their potential undesirable effects on the environment, food safety and human health. This study explores factors influencing intensity of uptake of alternative pest management practices among potato farmers in Kenya, through a survey of 1,002 farmers in six main potato growing counties in the country. A Poisson count model was used to...

Author(s): Idah Mugambi, Lucy Karanja, Isaac Macharia, Wachira Kaguongo, George Ngundo, Ruth Amata, Fernadis Makale, Jane Wanjiku, Duncan Chacha, Moses Nyongesa, John Wangai Kimenju, Willis Ochilo and Joseph Mulema

Influence of informal financial literacy training on financial knowledge and behavior of rural farmers: Evidence from Uganda

July 2021

Financial literacy plays an important role in influencing financial behavior and knowledge of individuals. In this study, the impact of informal financial literacy training on rural smallholder farmers was assessed. Propensity score matching approach was used to assess training effects on distinct dimensions of financial knowledge. The study used a sample of farmers who are members of village savings and loans...

Author(s): Ntakyo Renzaho Proscovia, Johnny Mugisha, Robert Bangizi, Diana Namwanje and Robert Kalyebara  

Perceptions of smallholder farmers on nature-based income generating activities as potential livelihood and biodiversity conservation strategies in Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania

May 2021

Nature-based Income Generating Activities (NIGAs) can enhance livelihoods of smallholder farmers and biodiversity conservation in highly degrading ecosystems. These practices are promoted by various development and conservation partners worldwide to combat land degradation and biodiversity loss. However, their adoption remains low for reasons not well understood by their promoters. This can largely be attributed to the...

Author(s): Willickister R. Kadigi, Yonika Ngaga and Reuben M. J. Kadigi  

Smallholder adoption of technology: Evidence from the context of climate smart agriculture in South Africa

May 2021

Climate change represents a serious threat to African agriculture, consequently leading to water scarcity and climate variability. These challenges negatively impact agricultural production. Climate-smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies, such as drought-tolerant seed varieties (DTSVs), can provide a solution. However, effective adoption and use of these technologies within smallholder communities is not straight forward....

Author(s): Mmapatla Precious Senyolo, Thomas B. Long, Vincent Blok, Onno Omta and Gerben van der Velde  

Evaluation of the resource efficiency of guinea fowl production in the Savelegu-Nanton District of the Northern Region of Ghana

April 2021

Guinea fowl production offers an income source that could reduce the incidence of poverty of rural householders in Northern Ghana, considered one of the poorest regions in West Africa, due to its unimodal rainfall patterns that restrict the year-round production of crops. However, information on profitability and resource use in guinea fowl production in Northern Ghana is very limited. We assessed the resource-use...

Author(s): Nanette Baimbill-Johnson, Kwabena Asomanin Anaman and Ditchfield Amegashie

Modernization of family farms improves the sustainability of food security for farm households in Burkina Faso

April 2021

Family farms are poorly modernized in Burkina Faso despite their predominance in the country’s agriculture and their major contribution to national food production. Convincing evidence of the contribution of family farm modernization to food security is needed to support advocacy. This study used data from recent national longitudinal surveys and Cox semi-parametric regression methods to explore the effect of...

Author(s): Moussa Bougma, Sidbewendé Théodore Kaboré and Elodie Becquey

Impact of calf housing improvement and farmer training on finances, management and animal welfare perceptions of Kenyan smallholder dairy farmers

April 2021

This study estimated the changes in economics and farmer perceptions towards calf welfare as a result of implementing low-cost calf housing enhancements and changes in calf management on Kenyan smallholder dairy farms. The trial involved 187 heifer calves from 150 farms allocated to either an intervention or control group. The interventions were improvements on the floor and roof of the calf housing, and training for...

Author(s): Kimeli Peter, VanLeeuwen John, Gitau George, Heider Luke, McKenna Shawn and Greenwood Spencer  

To be or not to be a win-win situation, as Zimbabwe diversifies its agricultural exports in the Chinese market: The GTAP dynamic approach

April 2021

To assess the win-win of both China and Zimbabwe if Zimbabwe diversifies its agricultural exports into the Chinese market, this study employs a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model that is becoming popular in analyzing economic issues. With Zimbabwe having been in a constant financial and economic crisis and the major sector not contributing much to the economic growth, a bilateral Free Trade Agreement on...

Author(s): Rutendo Happy Jonga, Huang Delin, Christopher Belford and Yosri Nasr Ahmed  

Taenia saginata cysticercus: Its socioeconomic and psychosocial effects on cattle farmers in Botswana

March 2021

Despite claims that Taenia saginata taeniosis/cysticercosis cause adverse financial and socioeconomic effects on cattle farmers, there is no recent empirical evidence to justify this assertion in Botswana. This paper provides empirical analysis of bovine taeniosis and cysticercosis effects on farmers’ wellbeing in Botswana. Interviews and observations using non-participatory structured questionnaire were used to...

Author(s): Uchendu Okechukwu Goodhead, Andrew Olatunbosun Aganga, Njoku Ola Ama and Marumo S. Davis  

Determinants of participation in non-farm activities and its effect on household income: An empirical study in Ethiopia

March 2021

Undertaking non-agrarian income-generating activities to reduce overreliance on agriculture, production failures, and income fluctuations is a household-amenable, self-insurance mechanism, which provides employment opportunities and capital investment. This article examines the determinants of participation in non-farm activities and effect on household income. Heckman two-step procedure was used to analyze a three-wave...

Author(s): Komikouma Apelike Wobuibe Neglo, Tnsue Gebrekidan and Kaiyu Lyu  

Python farming in Zimbabwe: Assessing local appetite for a novel agricultural system

March 2021

Python meat is a traditional but small source of protein throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, but supply is exclusively from wild harvest. We build on recent evidence that supports snake farming as a viable and sustainable small-scale livestock system in Asia. We explore python farming as a strategy for enhanced food security in Zimbabwe. Our survey results highlight challenges, including drought and human-wildlife...

Author(s): Patrick W. Aust, James MacGregor and Graham J. Alexander  

Financial profitability of maize production with bio-fertilizer based on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi native to Benin

February 2021

Soil degradation, one of the causes associated with declining maize productivity is an environmental concern whose consequences are felt most strongly by poor people in developing countries. Indeed, the production of maize on soil fertilized with a combination of mycorrhizal fungi and half a dose of NPK has resulted in a production like that of the extension practice in Benin. This study aims, through an analysis of the...

Author(s): M. Ricardos Aguégué, Nestor R. Ahoyo Adjovi, Elysée M. Houédjofonon, Koubourath A. Djinadou, Djihal A. Koda, Marcel Y. Adoko, Jocelyne Danbaka, Aude Kelomey, Adolphe Adjanohoun and Lamine Baba-Moussa  

Can orange fleshed sweet potatoes processing trigger farmers to use quality improved planting materials? Empirical evidence from selected regions in Tanzania

February 2021

Production of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) in Tanzania is constrained by the underutilization of virus-free improved certified planting materials. The sustainable use of these planting materials leads to the constant demand of the planting materials by farmers which can be triggered from viable processing. We determine the viability of processing in the OFSP value chain and its contribution to the uptake of...

Author(s): Kangile, R. J, Bakuza, E., Kuboja, N. M and Tairo, F.D.  

Willingness of cocoa farmers to participate in crop insurance in the Dormaa Municipality of the Bono region, Ghana

February 2021

The investigation considered farmers’ readiness to take part in crop insurance in the Dormaa municipality of the Bono Region, Ghana. Essential information from 167 respondents who were chosen through a multi-stage sampling method for the study was collected through a structured questionnaire. Elements influencing readiness to participate in crop protection by cocoa farmers was evaluated using probit regression...

Author(s): Samuel Afotey Anang, Tekuni Nakuja and Aristerchus Sarpong    

Willingness to pay for Nairobi National Park: An application of discrete choice experiment

February 2021

Nairobi National Park is a protected ecosystem where various types of wildlife find hiding place. The park has in the recent past experienced destruction through construction of a standard gauge railway (SGR) line and a highway called the Southern bypass. These developments raise concern with the possibility that their combined environmental cost being enormous. This study sought to determine the willingness to pay...

Author(s): Kemunto Mongare and Kamau Gathiaka  

Severity of household food insecurity and coping strategies in Analemmo Woreda, Hadiya Zone, Southern Ethiopia

January 2021

Hunger and undernourishment are the main challenges of today’s world. The objective of this study is to assess severity of household food insecurity and local coping strategies in the study area. Three-stage sampling technique was used to select sampled household in Analemmo woreda Hadiya Zone. A total of 200 households were selected by using systematic random sampling with proportional to population size. Both...

Author(s): Mesfin Melese and Mebratu Alemu  

Effect of malaria on income of cocoa farmers in Ondo State, Nigeria

January 2021

This study investigated the economic effects of malaria on cocoa farmers in Ondo State, Nigeria using the ordinary least square regression technique. Descriptive statistics were used to identify strategies to reduce malaria infection among cocoa farmers. The sample frame for the study was derived from secondary data obtained from records of Ondo State Ministry of Health on registered cocoa farmers who had malaria during...

Author(s): Eniafe David Olakunle and Oseni Joseph Olumide  

Determinants of adoption of sustainable land management practice choices among smallholder farmers in Abay Basin of Oromia, Ethiopia

January 2021

Land degradation mainly caused by soil erosion, and shades an ominous threat to the livelihood development prospects of Ethiopian smallholder farmers. In response to this, the government of Ethiopia introduced a Sustainable Land Management Program (hereafter referred as ‘SLM’), even though the adoption by smallholder farmers has been low. This study aims to analyze the factors that influence the adoption of...

Author(s): Wondimu Legesse, Jema Haji, Mengistu Ketema and Bezabih Emana  

Relative profit efficiency of Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) beneficiary and non-beneficiary rice farmers in Kebbi State, Nigeria

December 2020

Profit efficiency refers to the extent at which a firm makes not only profit but its ability to maximize profit. A comparative analysis was conducted to evaluate the profit efficiency of Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) beneficiary and non-beneficiary rice farmers in Kebbi State, Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 499 ABP beneficiary and non-beneficiary rice farmers each giving a sample size of...

Author(s): Gona A., Alhaji I. O. and Kaka Y.  

Analyzing the determinants for the adoption of good practices as regards climate change adaptation in the Northern region of Burkina Faso

December 2020

Unfavorable agro-climatic and edaphic conditions have led to the development of many adaptation strategies to climate change in the northern region of Burkina Faso. This study analyzed the determinants of goods practices adoption as regards adaptation to climate change (GPACC). It used panel data (2016-2018) collected from a sample of 1,221 women and 335 men within the operational farmer’s organizations in the...

Author(s): Arahama Traoré, Souleymane Ouédraogo and Patrice Toé  

Economic resources utilisation in maize production: Evidence from Central Region, Ghana

December 2020

This study was undertaken to improve the efficiency of maize farming in the Central Region of Ghana. A stochastic frontier cost function, applied to cross-sectional data, was used to analyse firm level cost efficiency of production and its determinants. Efficiency of resource utilization was analysed using marginal value product of inputs. Results from the Cobb-Douglas stochastic cost frontier model and a farm-specific...

Author(s): Kwaku Asuako Tabiri and Selorm Akaba  

Analysis of the technical efficiency of maize producers in the Municipality of Bembèrèkè in the North of Benin

October 2020

In Benin, maize plays a key role, both in production systems and in commercial transactions and population feeding. Smallholders are facing a decline in productivity due, among other things, to difficulties in accessing agricultural inputs such as improved seeds and fertilizers (NPK and Urea). The project "Sustainable intensification of maize production among small producers in the departments of Alibori and Borgou...

Author(s): Jean Adanguidi  

Determination of socio-economic factors influencing rural household’s decision to raise goat in Sindhuli District, Nepal

October 2020

Goat (Capra hircus) is one of the important sources of rural economy in Nepal. As various programs are aiming to enhance livelihood of rural denizens through goat promotion, it is therefore crucial to understand socio-economic determinants on decision to raise goats by rural households. So, this study was carried out in two, out of seven, local administrative units (Wards) of Marin rural municipality, Sindhuli using...

Author(s): Anoj Joshi, Praseed Thapa, Anju Adhikari, Pragati Dahal and Priyanka Gautam  

Analysis of labor opportunity cost on the economic profitability of fertilizer microdosing (FM) in Burkina Faso

August 2020

This paper analyses the effect of labor opportunity cost on economic profitability of fertilizer microdosing (FM) in Burkina Faso. In order to assess the incremental change in net income when the investment cost increases and takes into account labor opportunity cost, the marginal value cost ratio (MVCR) approach is used. Using data from farmer’s field, the results showed that for both crops, the median yield of...

Author(s): Mamadou Sanogo, Frédéric Gaspart, Daniel Kabore, Sibiri Jean Baptiste Taonda and Marie-Paule Kestemont  

Social and economic values chain assessment of key non-timber forest products around Mbam and Djerem National Park’s ecoregion of Cameroon: Case of Xylopia aethiopica, Beilschmiedia anacardioides and Beilschmiedia jacques-felixii

August 2020

The periphery of Mbam and Djerem National Park in Cameroon harbors valuable forest resources including key non-timber forest products (NTFPs) that contribute to sustain livelihood of many people in terms of consumption and income generation. However, poor studies have been carried out to assess the socio-economic importance of the value chain of key NTFPs, threats on resources and implication for trade development. We...

Author(s): Souare Konsala, Fotso Roger-Corneille, Froumsia Moksia, Todou Gilbert, Ibrahima Adamou and Mapongmetsem Pierre-Marie

Characterization and analysis of farming system of Cheliya and Ilu Gelan districts of West Shewa Zone, Ethiopia

August 2020

The study characterizes and analyzes the existing farming system and identifies the production and marketing constraints of Cheliya and Ilu Gelan districts with cross-sectional data of 105 sample households.  The farming system of the study areas is characterized as mixed farming systems with 59.1 and 27.44% contribution of crop and livestock, respectively for livelihood activities. From the survey results, disease...

Author(s): Kifle Degefa, Getachew Biru and Galmesa Abebe  

Cocoa farmers’ choice of alternative livelihood in mining communities in Upper Denkyira West District, Ghana

August 2020

Mining and cocoa production are important livelihoods for people in Ghana, particularly in rural communities like Upper Denkyira West District. However, mining activities can have negative impacts on cocoa production and access to basic necessities for the sustenance of the people. This study sought to investigate cocoa farmers’ perception of the impact of mining on socio- economic activities in Upper Denkyira...

Author(s): Kennedy Agyei-Manu, Fred Nimoh, Millicent Owusu-Peprah, George Baffour Kyeremateng  

Explaining output growth and total factor productivity changes using production frontier: The case of Ethiopian smallholder’s farming

August 2020

This paper provides a parametric decomposition of output growth and total factor productivity changes, extending production approach to the case of non-neutral stochastic frontier. The results were based on unbalanced panel data from Ethiopian smallholder farmers observed over the period 1999–2015. The study decomposes output growth into input growth and total factor productivity changes while both were further...

Author(s): Oumer Berisso Metaksa  

Producers supplying strategic network, value creation and exporting SME growth

July 2020

Strategic networks of agricultural suppliers for the creation of value added are an interesting field of research in the developing countries. Indeed, various scientific works were interested with social networks as well as on their members’ relationship and on their management. However, social networks as strategic suppliers are able to solve SME’s supply credit problems; the need to analyze networks with a...

Author(s): Vinablo K. Dominique Dagbelou, Souleimane A. Adekambi and Jacob A. Yabi  

Bank credit access trends among farmers in Hurungwe District of Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe

July 2020

Zimbabwe’s economic progress is hinged on the performance of the agricultural sector, which supports the majority of the population. Bank credit empowers farmers to adopt inputs and technologies that are key for enhancing productivity and income. This study sought to establish the bank credit access trends among farmers in the Hurungwe District of Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe, comparing the current...

Author(s): Blessing Ropafadzo Chigunhah and Ezekia Svotwa  

The on-farm diversity of maize cultivars and landraces in the Lacandon region of Chiapas, Mexico

July 2020

The loss of maize landraces is of major global concern. Landraces provide the genetic building blocks for the development of high yielding pest- and drought-tolerant maize varieties, and their loss reduces the capacity to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The extinction of maize landraces is an incidental effect of the planting decisions of farmers. Although maize landraces are important both as a staple food...

Author(s): Gustavo Leopoldo Garduño and Charles Perrings  

Adoption of artificial insemination service for cattle crossbreeding by smallholder farmers in Laelay-Maichew district, Tigray, Ethiopia

June 2020

Adoption of artificial insemination (AI) in Ethiopia is low and there is paucity of information in documentation. Therefore, the aim of this study is to identify the determinants of smallholder farmers’ adoption of AI technology in Laelay-Maichew district. Multi-stage random sampling technique was employed to select 155 sample respondents for the study. The primary data were collected through individual interviews...

Author(s): Berhe Abraha, Muluken Gezahegn and Jemal Yousuf  

Analysis of economic efficiency among smallholder sorghum producers in Kenya

June 2020

This study used Cobb-Douglas Stochastic Profit Frontier to analyze economic efficiency of sorghum farmers in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. Using a multi-stage stratified sample of 259 farmers, results depicted a wide range of profit efficiency between the best (0.96) and the worst (0.12) farmer with a mean of 0.17. The actual and potential profit was USD 164.88 ha-1 and USD 969.87 ha-1 respectively. This indicates that,...

Author(s): Backson Mwangi, Ibrahim Macharia and Eric Bett  

Performance analysis of Nigerian agricultural credit guarantee scheme: Bounds test approach to cointegration

May 2020

This study examined the performance of the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (ACGS) which is the major credit policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria. It was established in 1977 but started operation in 1978. Time series data from 1978-2014, extracted from the 2014 bulletin of the National Bureau Statistics were used for the study. Total volume and number of loans given were used to proxy the strength of the...

Author(s): Akinrinola, O. O. and Okunola, A. M.  

Technical efficiency of rice farmers in Anambra State value chain development programme

May 2020

The study is aimed at determining the technical efficiency of rice farmers in Anambra State value chain development programme. A well-structured questionnaire was administered to elicit information from 372 rice farmers from the five participating Local Government Areas (Ayamelum, Awka North, Anambra West, Anambra East, and Orumba North) after which only 337 respondents were fit for the study. Cobb Douglas stochastic...

Author(s): Obianefo Chukwujekwu A., Nwigwe Cecilia A., Meludu Theresa N. and Anyasie Ikechukwu C.  

Integration of post-harvest management in agricultural policy and strategies to minimise post harvest losses in Lesotho

May 2020

Despite global efforts to increase food availability and curb high incidence of malnutrition in Africa, there are concerns with regard to high post-harvest losses in Africa. Lesotho like most countries in sub-Saharan Africa faces documented challenges with food insecurity and nutrition. Food availability could be increased by reduction of post-harvest losses without further exploitation of resources. Mitigation of...

Author(s): Brian Muroyiwa, Liako Shokopa, Puselesto Likoetla and Montoeli Rantlo  

Assessing the likelihood of adoption of orange-flesh sweet potato genotypes in Sierra Leone

March 2020

The adoption of research outputs to bring the desired impacts is a major factor of any research work. Based on this premise, adoption likelihood analysis was used to determine the maximum likelihood of adoption of orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP) in Sierra Leone. The study was conducted in Western Area, Moyamba, Bo, Kenema and Bombali districts. A multi-stage sampling procedure was employed to select the study samples....

Author(s): Osman Nabay, Martin Koroma, Adolphus Jeremy Johnson, Emmanuel Sahr Hinckley, Gibrilla Dumbuya and Jebeh Samba-Bakar  

Slash-and-burn agriculture, the major cropping system in the region of Faradje in Democratic Republic of Congo: Ecological and socio-economic consequences

March 2020

The present study aims to explore smallholder’s household living standard relevant to slash-and-burn agriculture, and determine trend of key crops grown with respect to their production and related generated average gross income in the region of Faradje, in the far northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Surveys were conducted on agronomic and social economic characteristics prevailing in...

Author(s): Tanzito G., Ibanda P. A., Talaguma R. and Lusanga N. M.  

Spatial price transmission between white maize grain markets in Mozambique and Malawi

March 2020

The objective of this study was to measure white maize grain price transmission among markets in Mozambique and Malawi. Our analysis included two major deficit markets (Maputo in Southern Mozambique and Blantyre in Southern Malawi) and two major surplus markets (Chimoio in Central Mozambique and Nampula in Northern Mozambique). We used monthly wholesale white maize grain prices covering the period 2000 through 2016 to...

Author(s): Helder Zavale and Rafael da Cruz Macamo  

Evaluation of technical efficiency of edible oil production: The case of canola production in Kieni West Constituency, Kenya

March 2020

Globally, the vegetable oil demand is growing due to rising food consumption in emerging countries such as China and due to the high demand for biofuels. The current world vegetable production estimates stand at 187 million tons for the year 2016/2017. Of the estimated vegetable oil production, 70.3 million tons (37.6%) comes from palm and palm kernel, 55 million tons (30%) arise from soybean while the remaining 32.5%...

Author(s): Crispas Muiru Wambui and Eucabeth Majiwa  

Measuring rural poverty among rural households in Gedeo Zone, SNNP Region, Ethiopia

February 2020

Poverty is a phenomenon that is complex and has multidimensional features. It involves people experiencing various degrees of material deprivation; the concept is used to cover a wide ranging set of interrelated life chances. The purpose of this study was to measure poverty in rural Gedeo zone, southern Ethiopia with specific objectives of measuring poverty among the rural households. The research was undertaken using a...

Author(s): Berhanu Getinet Kibret  

Determinants of recommended agronomic practices adoption among wheat producing smallholder farmers in Sekela District of West Gojjam Zone, Ethiopia

February 2020

Development of the Ethiopian economy is directly related to the transformation of the agricultural sector which is manifested with low utilization of recommended agronomic practices, improved farm inputs, and dependency on traditional farming and rainfall. As a result, low production and productivity of agriculture were prevalent over the last years. This study aims to identify the factors influencing adoption of...

Author(s): Gedefaw Abebe and Sisay Debebe  

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