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: 553

JDAE Articles

Monitoring and evaluation report of "the impact of information and communication technology service (ICTs) among end users in the ministry of agriculture and cooperatives in Zambia"

July 2011

Agriculture constitutes a key livelihood source for over 75% of the rural households in Zambia. A total of 1,305, 783 households in Zambia are totally dependent on agriculture for their livelihood and are classified as agricultural households (CSO, 2000). Most (81.8%) of the population in agricultural households is based in rural areas of the country. Of the 1,305,783 agricultural households, 99.2% is engaged in crop...

Author(s): Darlington Kahilu

Analyzing the sources of technical efficiency among heterogeneous dairy farms: A quantile regression approach

July 2011

An unbalanced panel data including 1,151 farm observations from 2004 to 2008 was used to analyze the determinants of technical efficiency (TE) for dairy farms in the State of Wisconsin. To account for farm heterogeneity in our analysis we implemented a two-step framework using a stochastic production frontier and a quantile regression analysis. The results show that the determinants of TE affected farmers with...

Author(s):  Benaissa Chidmi, Daniel Solís and Victor E. Cabrera

Maize production differentials among Malawi rural households: A difference in difference estimation approach

June 2011

  This paper assesses the impact of morbidity and mortality on maize production for affected and non-affected farm households using difference in difference estimation technique. Results show that both affected and non-affected households recorded significantly higher maize production during 2006/07 season compared to 2004/05 season. The results reveal gender discrepancies in production levels for both affected...

Author(s): Kisu Simwaka, Stuart Ferrer and Geoff Harris

Socio-economic determinants of on-day site demand for recreation in old Oyo National Park, Nigeria

June 2011

  This paper examines the socio-economic determinants of on-day site demand of a national park in Nigeria. The services provided by the park include recreation that correlates positively with stress removal and enhanced productivity. These are not properly understood and appreciated by the people. Neither are the environmentally sound and sustainable development functions it provides. Purposive sampling...

Author(s): Luke O.Okojie and Amujo B.T.

Effect of formal credit on the performance of the poultry industry: the case of urban and peri-urban Kumasi in the Ashanti Region

June 2011

  Farm net income was used as a measure to investigate the effect of formal credit on the performance of the poultry industry. Forty credit and non-credit users each were selected purposively for the study. Regression model was employed for the analysis.Results showed that there was a significant difference (t-value of 0.012 at 5%) between the net income of large poultry farmers who used credit and those...

Author(s): Fred Nimoh, Addo Kwasi and Enoch Kwame Tham-Agyekum

The role of remittances in financial development in Lesotho: Evidence from alternative measures of financial development

June 2011

  This article represents a modest attempt to empirically establish the effect of remittances on financial development in Lesotho. Remittances tend to have a long run effect on financial development; however, they do not cause financial development. In the short run this effect evaporates. Trade openness and inflation have significant effects on financial development both in the short and long run. The former...

Author(s): Sephooko I. Motelle

Analysing innovative sustainable practices extend and income generation in organic farming and GRA fields in Bahour, Puducherry, India

June 2011

  In past decades, agricultural development majorly focused on short term productivity based on external inputs resulting in neglect and improper use of natural resources. Thus, it leads to ecosystem damage and loss of food security. This has forced the farmers, scientists and the policy makers to look at sustainable farming techniques through organic farming. In India there is greater possibility of bringing...

Author(s): Gopalswamy Poyyamoli and Anbarashan Padmavathy

Land tenure security, investments and the environment in Ghana

June 2011

  Using a nationally representative data obtained from a survey, this study attempts to examine empirically two main issues: first, the causal relationship between land tenure security and investment and secondly, the impact of tenure security (land rights) on environmental degradation. Analysis of the results indicates that investment in farmlands in Ghana is low and appears not to enhance tenure security and...

Author(s): Daniel Kwabena Twerefou, Eric Osei-Assibey and Frank Agyire-Tettey

Residents decision-making in tourism at Sitatunga’s swampy habitat: Saiwa National Park, Kenya

May 2011

The local community is one of the most important stakeholders in tourism development. Local people could participate in tourism through policy and planning process; benefits sharing or owning community projects. However, in most instances, private benefit of conservation to individuals, households and even entire community are not made clear or may be non-existent. This research examines the level of participation by...

Author(s): Ngeno Vincent, Rop Wendi, Langat B., Korir M. K. and Kipsat M. J.

Landslide movement monitoring using GPS technology: A case study of Bakthang landslide, Gangtok, East Sikkim, India

May 2011

Landslide is a general term used to describe the down-slope of soil, rock and organic material under the influence of gravity. Several parts of northeastern region of India are vulnerable to landslide and moss movements. Nowadays, the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology has shown that it is capable to monitor sub-centimeter deformations of this ground movement. The main advantage of GPS sensors is that GPS...

Author(s): M. S. Rawat, Varun Joshi, B. S. Rawat and K. Kumar

Household food security in a commercialized subsistence economy: A case of smallholder tea famers in Nandi south district, Kenya

May 2011

Policies fronting commercialization of agriculture in Kenya assumed that realization of increased household incomes through cultivation of cash crops, would guarantee improved food security and subsequent reduction of poverty. However, most communities in Kenya growing cash crops still struggle to put food on the table. Population pressure has led to competition for limited land resource, coupled with unfavourable...

Author(s): Langat B. K., NgénoV. K., SuloT. K., Nyangweso P. M., Korir M. K. Kipsat, M. J. and  Kebenei J. S.

Methodological guidelines for tracking public agricultural expenditure with illustrations from Zambia

May 2011

The signing of the Maputo Declaration in 2003 by African Union member states requiring them to allocate 10% of national budget to agriculture, necessitates a framework or system that tracks how much is being spent, where it is being spent, what it is being spent on and for whom, and how it has changed over time in relation to the set targets. This paper provides such a framework and illustrates its use using data from...

Author(s): J. Govereh, P. Chilonda, E. Malawo, T. S. Jayne and L. Rugube

Microfinance, inequality and vulnerability: Empirical analysis from Central African countries

April 2011

This study examines the relationship of microfinance, inequality and vulnerability by providing a cross-country empirical study of 11 developing countries in Central Africa. Microfinance plays an important role in the financial market in many African countries. Although microfinance is expected to significantly affect macro variables, we lack enough empirical research on impact analysis at the macro level, such as the...

Author(s): Gérard Tchouassi

Analysis of poverty and its covariates among smallholder farmers in the Eastern Hararghe highlands of Ethiopia

April 2011

This paper analyses the extent and determinants of rural household poverty in the eastern highlands of Ethiopia. The study examines 216 households using a household consumption expenditure approach. The study was particularly interested in the effects of location-specific and institutional factors (networks) in determining the probability of being poor. The findings suggest that poverty is location-specific, depends on...

Author(s): Ayalneh Bogale

An analysis of allocative efficiency of shea butter processing methods in the northern region of Ghana

April 2011

This study estimated and compared the allocative efficiencies of the traditional, improved shea butter processing technology (ISBPT) and the bridge press (BP) methods of shea butter processing. Data were collected from 110 shea butter processors. Allocative efficiency estimates were obtained using the marginal product approach. The allocative efficiency indices for labour indicate that while labour input is over...

Author(s): Haruna Issahaku, Al-hassan Ramatu and Daniel B. Sarpong

Determinants of non-farm activities participation decisions of farm households in Burkina Faso

April 2011

Land market developments and household access to land through land rental markets are important, especially at the stage where land reform is taking place in Rwanda. Determinants of land rental markets in rural Rwanda, assessed according to household and land market characteristics as well as transaction costs constraints, were studied based on a survey of 251 household farms from the Southern Province during 2006 to...

Author(s): Pam Zahonogo

Determinants of land rental markets: Theory and econometric evidence from rural Rwanda

April 2011

Land market developments and household access to land through land rental markets are important, especially at the stage where land reform is taking place in Rwanda. Determinants of land rental markets in rural Rwanda, assessed according to household and land market characteristics as well as transaction costs constraints, were studied based on a survey of 251 household farms from the Southern Province during 2006 to...

Author(s): Claude Bizimana

Understanding the interaction between farm labor productivity, and health and nutrition: A survey of the evidence

March 2011

Good health is an asset for agriculture, as healthy people can produce more and good nutrition contributes to it. Conversely, agriculture is an asset which contributes to good health and nutrition, and resilience. When both health and agriculture thrive, a reinforcing cycle of health can result, but when either suffers, the cycle becomes one of lowered agricultural productivity and lowered health. Agricultural...

Author(s): Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, Catherine Chiang, Paul Thangata, Kwaw Andam and Daniel Ayalew Mekonnen

Analysis of entrepreneurial agricultural activities of youths in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria

March 2011

The study analyzed the entrepreneurial agricultural activities of youths in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State. Data were collected through the use of structured questionnaire administered to 100 youths, randomly sampled across the study area. Data collected were analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistical tools in the forms of frequencies, percentages and correlation analysis. Result of the...

Author(s): Gwary M. M., Kwaghe P. V ., Ja’afar- Furo M. R. and Dennis A.

Microfinance and gender in the context of millennium development goals (MDGs) in Nigeria

March 2011

Issues in client targeting are two in nature; gender targeting or poverty targeting (Brau and Woller, 2004). The nature of target to some extent will determine the ‘best practices’ in conjunction with local specific situation. In the first issue of gender targeting, the question has always been whether to lend to women or men in the context of which will give wider reach and benefit the society. This...

Author(s): Abosede, Adebiyi Julius and Azeez, Bolanle Aminat

Performance evaluation of agricultural inputs in crop production of Zahak Payame Noor university agricultural faculty farm by linear programming

March 2011

Farm management is one of the most critical factors in production and marketing of agricultural crops. In a broad description, management is defined as making decision process through which the limited resources are allocated to competent items in such a way that the determined goal can be achieved. Generally, organizing and controlling the resources of an agricultural unit toward the maximum potential benefits and...

Author(s): Issa Piri, Majid Dahmardeh, Mehdi Dahmardeh, Abolfazl ghadiri and Habib Piri

Socio-cultural participatory monitoring and evaluation indicators used in adopting improved cassavas by Western Kenya communities

March 2011

Cassava production is critical to household food security in Kuria and Migori Districts. The adoption of improved cassava varieties has been low largely due to non-participatory extension approaches (GOK, 2006). Participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) at the community level is a relatively new approach and there has been considerable lack of emphasis on community-based monitoring and evaluation indicators...

Author(s): Tana P. O., Onyango C., Ochola W. O. and Omolo P. O.

Understanding water conflict and cooperation in Con Cuong, Nghe An province,Vietnam

March 2011

This paper seeks to explore local water related conflict and cooperation based on a quantitative inventory of water related events in Con Cuong district, Nghe An province, Vietnam. It was found that the local water competition situations involve both conflictive and cooperative events, which often evolve in succession of each other. Of the identified events, the majority turned out to be cooperative and many events were...

Author(s): Le Thi Thanh Phuong, Thomas Skielboe and Pham Thi Mai Huong

Methodological guidelines for tracking public agricultural expenditure with illustrations from Zambia

March 2011

The signing of the Maputo Declaration in 2003 by African Union member states requiring them to allocate 10% of national budget to agriculture, necessitates a framework or system that tracks how much is being spent, where it is being spent, what it is being spent on and for whom, and how it has changed over time in relation to the set targets. This paper provides such...

Author(s): J. Govereh, P. Chilonda, E. Malawo, T. S. Jayne and L. Rugube

Assessment of the prospects of value addition among small-scale rural enterprises in Nigeria: Evidence from North-eastern Adamawa State

March 2011

The evaluation of the prospects of value addition in small-scale rural enterprises in North-eastern Adamawa State, Nigeria, was conducted in order to determine the profit potentials among the entrepreneurs. Data gathered through group discussions and interviews schedule with members/owners of enterprises in the communities were analysed using descriptive statistics and value-addition model. Results revealed that,...

Author(s): M. R. Ja’afar-Furo, K. Bello and A. Sulaiman

Factors that influence the success and failure of land bank supported farming small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMES) in South Africa

February 2011

In order to establish reasons for their success and failure (defining failure as incapability to meet financial obligations, e.g. defaults), a study was undertaken to determine the problems faced by emerging or developing farmers, who are clients of, or are /funded by the Land Bank. Results from this study revealed that the farmers’ perceptions do depict a lack of capacity on essential prerequisites for their...

Author(s): V. M. Mmbengwa   T. Ramukumba⊃, J. A. Groenewald, H. D. van Schalkwyk,  M. B. Gundidza and A. N. Maiwashe

Geographical development of agricultural entrepreneurship: The case of pig farming in Greece

February 2011

This paper focused on the spatial and typological analysis of the economic activities of a major entrepreneurial sector of agricultural economy: pig farming. By applying the K-Mean Cluster analysis methodology, the “profile” of various pig farms was studied, regarding the geographical region, corporate structure, educational level...

Author(s): Aggelopoulos S, Pavloudi A and Galanopoulos K

Sanitary and phytosanitary issues for fishery exports to the European Union: A Mauritian insight

February 2011

Quantitative restrictions to trade are declining, but in parallel sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures are increasingly being applied to impede agro-food trade. There is evidence that developing countries experience problems in meeting SPS measures. The objective of this paper is to determine whether Mauritius is facing barriers pertaining to SPS issues when exporting fishery products to the European Union. We...

Author(s): Shalini A Neeliah, Harris Neeliah and Daya Goburdhun

Determinants of loan acquisition from the financial institutions by small-scale farmers in Ohafia Agricultural zone of Abia State, South East Nigeria

February 2011

The study was designed to analyse the determinants of loan acquisition from financial institutions by small-scale farmers in Ohafia Agricultural zone of Abia state, South East Nigeria. Data were collected with structured questionnaire from 100 randomly selected farmers. Data were analyzed using simple descriptive statistics and multiple regression models. Results show that, the farmers committed their loans to...

Author(s): Henri-Ukoha A., Orebiyi J.S., Obasi P.C., Oguoma N.N., Ohajianya D.O., Ibekwe U.C. and Ukoha, I.I.

Evaluation of factors influencing farmers adoption of irrigated rice production in Fadama soil of North Eastern Nigeria

February 2011

This study was conducted at Lake Gerio irrigation project situated at the north western part of Jimeta/Yola, North-Eastern Nigeria. It lies between longitude 12â—¦ and 12â—¦ 28’ east of Greenwich and Latitude 9â—¦16’ and 9â—¦19’ North of the equator. The objective of the study was to examine the factors influencing farmers’ adoption of irrigated rice production. The respondents...

Author(s): Gailyson Yelwa Jamala, Haruna Ezekiel Shehu and Apollos T. Garba

Consulting the stakeholders on pro-poor market segmentation of maize seed in Kenya

February 2011

Market segmentation, while popular in the pharmaceutical industry to reach the poor in developing-countries markets, have so far not been successful in delivering agricultural technology to poor farmers. In this paper, their potential use in Kenya is analyzed, based on information gathered through an extensive stakeholder consultation. Results show that some market segmentation methods are used. Seed companies, some...

Author(s): Hugo De Groote, Kwaw Andam, Stephen Mugo, Mike Hall, Obadiah Ngigi, Benjamin Gathigi Munyua and David J. Spielman

Development ideas in post-independence: Sub-Saharan Africa

January 2011

Most sub-Saharan African leaders seem to misunderstand the development concepts or ideas by embracing the African socialist system as a path of economic development. The leaders focused on strong nationalist sentiments and economy of affection and neglected the rural development, a sine qua none condition of economic growth and development in Africa. This study defines the development concepts and different economic...

Author(s): F. I. Kabuya

Determination of seasonal price variations for some food crops in Iran at Karaj zone to achieve Sustainable Agriculture

January 2011

Iran is one of the largest Asian countries with arid and semi-arid weather, but can produce most food crops due to special geographical position. In order to determine seasonal prices (SPV) variations in some food crops, this study was carried out at Karaj city of Iran in 2009. In this experiment, four groups of food products were used. The first group includes tree fruits (orange, apple and pomegranate), the second...

Author(s): Behzad Sani and Hossein Aliabadi Farahani

Public willingness to pay for ecosystem service functions of a peri-urban forest near Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

January 2011

The willingness to pay (WTP) format contingent valuation method (CVM) was adopted to elicit monetary values from some respondents in Arakanga forest reserve (AFR) (a peri- urban forest) near Abeokuta. This was to provide monetary estimates of the ecosystem service functions of the reserve. The respondents were randomly selected from both the neighbors and non-neighbors to the reserve. Data were collected with the aid of...

Author(s): Adekunle, M. F. and Agbaje, B. M.

Role of collective actions in integrated soil and water conservation: The Case of Gununo Watershed, Southern Ethiopia

January 2011

Collective action was initiated to manage soil and water conservation in Gununo watershed in southern Ethiopia. General problem exploration was conducted initially and issues requiring collective action were identified through group discussion and community meeting. Similarly local institution that could effectively lead the collective action was selected and collective action was run for two seasons (2005 and 2006)....

Author(s): Waga Mazengia and Jermias Mowo

HIV and AIDS and farm labor productivity: A review of recent evidence in Africa

December 2010

Three quarters of the world’s poor live in rural areas and they depend on agriculture for livelihood. Labor migration to high agricultural producing areas, funerals, traditional festivals, poverty and loose lifestyles contribute to high incidence of HIV infections in rural areas. Poor health due to AIDS brings hardships to households including debilitation, substantial monetary expenditures, loss of labor, and...

Author(s): Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, Catherine Aragon, Paul Thangata, Kwaw Andam and Daniel Ayalew Mekonnen

Coping strategies for AIDS-affected households facing food security problems in Malawi: Evidence from integrated household surveys

December 2010

This study examines the coping strategies used by AIDS-affected households facing food security problems. The results from the multinomial logistic model showed that,during 2004/05 and 2006/07, the most dominant coping strategy used by AIDS-affected households facing food security problems, was buying food from the market. This is followed by casual labour, obtaining food from relatives and friends, eating unripe...

Author(s): Kisu Simwaka, Stuart Ferrer and Geoff Harris

Margins and economic viability of fresh coconut marketing in the Kumasi metropolis of Ghana

December 2010

The study was conducted in the Kumasi metropolis of the Ashanti region of Ghana to examine the margins and economic viability of fresh coconut marketing. Cross-sectional data was randomly collected from 120 individual fresh coconut marketers in market centers across the metropolis and analyzed, using Deconstructed Marketing Margins and Return on Capital Employed. The study revealed that fresh coconut marketing in the...

Author(s): V. Abankwah, R. Aidoo and B. Tweneboah-Koduah

Gender difference and farm level efficiency: Metafrontier production function approach

December 2010

Gender mainstreaming has, for some time now, been identified as a paramount issue in development of resource-poor societies, and particularly, the women whose access to productive resources is limited due to tradition, culture and other socio-economic constraints. This research paper investigates the influence of Gender in management on the level of efficiency of food crop farms in Ghana. The study specifically:...

Author(s): Samuel K. N. Dadzie and Isaac Dasmani

Essence of crop diversification: A study of West Bengal agriculture during 1970 - 1971 to 2004 - 2005

November 2010

Initiation of some institutional and technological changes mainly the Operation Barga and the introduction of high yielding varieties during the eighties turned West Bengal into a progressive food grain producing state in India. But of late a decelerating tendency in West Bengal agriculture has been noticed especially in terms of growth production of major crops and also the total agricultural production. In this...

Author(s): Bidyut Kumar Ghosh

Soil moisture stress mitigation for sustainable upland rice production in the Northern Guinea Savanna of Nigeria

November 2010

Northern Guinea Savanna (NGS) of Nigeria cultivable lands have sandy loam to loamy sand surface textures, low organic matter and are susceptible to erosion (wind and water). To mitigate crop moisture stress, on-farm trials involving contour-ridge-tying and contour ridging were carried out in Albasur and Dansoda villages in Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State NGS to conserve soil against erosion and moisture...

Author(s): A. C. Odunze, M. T. Kudi, C. Daudu, J. Adeosun, G. Ayoola, I. Y. Amapu, S. T. Abu, A. Mando, G. Ezui and D. Constance

Welfare enhancing growth rates in food grains production: A district level comparison of an Indian state

November 2010

Maharastra is one of the progressive states in India but it has been reported to be a deficit state for long when one considers to major pursuit of economic activity, which is agriculture. In the present study, an attempt has been made to analyze welfare aspect of growth performance of agriculture of the Maharastra State for the period from 1970/71 to 2005/06 by using Kakwanie’s (1997) growth parameters. Based on...

Author(s): Atanu Sengupta and Chandan Kumar Maity

Effects of fertilizer liberalization on maize production in Nigeria

November 2010

The paper studies the effects of the liberalization of the Nigerian fertilizer sector, vis-à-vis the sustenance of the present dual fertilizer distribution arrangement, on maize production in Nigeria. Time series data was collected for the period 1990-2006. A multiple regression model was specified with aggregate fertilizer use, maize hectarage and a dummy variable designed to capture the effects of the changes...

Author(s): A. A. Ammani, J. F. Alamu and T. M. Kudi

Takaful: An Islamic insurance instrument

October 2010

The Takaful concept evolved from individual common interest during the industrial era of the early 1900’s. Only eighty million of the world’s 2.5 billion poor are currently covered by some form of micro-insurance. Only 3% of the poor in India and China are insured, and only 0.3% of the poor in Africa are insured. In 23 of the 100 poorest countries in the world, there is currently no identified...

Author(s): Nico P. Swartz and Pieter Coetzer

Crop diversification by poor peasants and role of infrastructure: Evidence from West Bengal

October 2010

The question of sustainable income and employment in the rural areas seems to be very much dependent on the degree of diversification of land use towards cultivating various crops. In view of this, crop diversification has been an important issue of agricultural development not only in India, but also in other parts of the world. In India, the growth of area under cultivation in different states remained stagnant in the...

Author(s): Utpal Kumar De and Manabendu Chattopadhyay

Adoption of agro-forestry technologies among small-holder farmers: A case of Zimbabwe

October 2010

The objectives of this study were to assess and compare the levels of adoption of agro-forestry technologies between trained and untrained farmers, and identify specific factors that affect adoption of technologies. Data from 300 smallholder farmers selected by snowballing from villages where change agents had been trained by the International Center for Research in Agro Forestry was collected using structured...

Author(s): C. Parwada, C. T. Gadzirayi, W. T. Muriritirwa and D. Mwenye

Evaluating agricultural policies of local governments in Indonesia after the implementation of regional autonomy by principal component analysis

October 2010

Regional autonomy was implemented in Indonesia since 2001, in which most of the authority including agricultural policies was delegated to the local governments. This study evaluated the quality of the agricultural policies in local governments using principal component analysis. The survey was conducted with the local agricultural offices in 89 regencies in Indonesia to collect data of the office budgets, number of...

Author(s): Tomohide Sugino

The real exchange rate and growth in Malawi: Exploring the transmission route

September 2010

This study focuses on the impact of real exchange rate on savings rate and economic growth. It further explores the savings transmission mechanism through which such a link can take place in the country. The results show that real effective exchange rate (REER) volatility has adverse effects on economic performance. Contextually, an appreciated REER is significantly and positively correlated with economic growth,...

Author(s): Thomas Munthali, Kisu Simwaka and MacDonald Mwale

Economic efficiency analysis in Côte d’Ivoire

September 2010

This study investigates the determinant factors of economic efficiency in Cote d’Ivoire. We estimated a stochastic production frontier by the maximum likelihood method. For a deeper analysis, we considered a cost frontier and compared the scores of efficiency for each industrial sector. The findings of an investigation of about 3,000 firms observed from 2003 - 2006 reveal that the Ivorian economy is not...

Author(s): Wautabouna Ouattara

Measuring agricultural productivity growth in developing Eight

September 2010

In this paper the agricultural productivity growth in D-8 from 1993 - 2007 is examined using the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). The study focuses on growth in total factor productivity and its decomposition in to technical and efficiency change components. It was found that, during that period, total factor productivity has experienced a positive evolution in D- 8. Decomposition of TFP shows that technical change is...

Author(s): V. Shahabinejad and A. Akbari

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