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

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

Econometric analysis of the effects of water hyacinth on the fish catches in Lake Victoria, East Africa

August 2010

Lake Victoria is Africa’s most important source of inland fishery production. The lake serves as a source of human food and raw material for the fishmeal industry. Several challenges face the lake fishery, including the invasion of water hyacinth. This paper analyses the effects of the invasion of water hyacinth on fishing in Lake Victoria. A static catch per unit of effort functions were estimated using Schaefer...

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

The international trade prospective of agriculture sector in South African

August 2010

The objective of this paper is to analyse the international trade performance of the South African agricultural industry in aggregate and by product group categories. A useful tool in this regard is the Gini and intra-industrial trade coefficient (IIT), which is used to examine the international trade balance of South Africa. Moreover, Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) is also used to identify factors that may be necessary...

Author(s): M. Y. Teweldemedhin and Van H. D. Schalkwyk

Truncation and endogenous stratification in various count data models for recreation demand analysis

August 2010

The aim of this paper is to extend the truncated and endogenously stratified Poisson and negative binomial models to three alternative discrete distributions, namely the generalized Poisson, geometric and Borel distributions. Our primary intention here is to demonstrate how the improper treatments of the data generate divergent outcomes by applying those results to the recreation trip data surveyed from the visitors to...

Author(s): Tomoaki Nakatani and Kazuo Sato

Do non-farm incomes really matter for poverty among small households in rural Bangladesh? A case of advanced villages

July 2010

Given the critical importance of the non-farm sector in rural Bangladesh, this paper examines the comprehensive effects of non-farm incomes on poverty reduction, namely, household production and consumption. The study was based on the original field survey with data from about 175 small households in advanced villages of Bangladesh. Standard micro-econometric techniques were used for the empirical analyses. The study...

Author(s): Mohammad Abdul Malek and Koichi Usami

Role of the credit rating agencies in the financial market crisis

July 2010

The objective of this paper is to critically examine the role of credit rating agencies in the sub-prime crisis. The paper traces the development of the sub-prime crisis from its origin till the aftermath. It studies the weaknesses of credit rating agencies in performing their basic function of timely and accurate rating of bond obligations. The paper then scrutinizes the diversification of credit rating agencies into...

Author(s): Vandana Gupta, R. K. Mittal and V. K. Bhalla

Rice trade policy options in an open developing economy: The Nigerian case study

May 2010

The Nigerian rice industry is a crucial non-oil, agricultural sector in terms of its gross output and exports. Due to the significance of rice in Nigeria, government has placed a great emphasis on increasing rice production in order to achieve self - sufficiency. The industry is dominated by private sector investment and possesses bright prospects for attracting further private investments for generating greater export...

Author(s): Gbadebo Olusegun Odularu

Convention economics and coordination mechanisms in collective actions: The Uruguay certified beef case

May 2010

Consumers’ interest for food quality and safety increases every day. The sanitary crises that have occurred in the beef cattle market have led to the need to guarantee traceability and the development of specialty brands (origin denominations, natural and organic meats, racial stamps, among others), in which trust in the process is the basic tool for competence. Therefore, this study aims to identify the forms of...

Author(s): Guilherme Cunha Malafaia, Julio Otavio Jardim Barcellos, Eugênio Ávila Pedrozo and Maria Emilia Camargo

An empirical evaluation of the determinants of household hurricane evacuation choice

May 2010

In this study, we implement a set of probit models to analyze the determinants of household hurricane evacuation choice for a sample of 1,355 households in Florida. This article contributes to the literature by accounting for two issues normally neglected in previous studies; namely, regional variability and within season variability. The empirical results suggest that households living in risky environments (mobile...

Author(s): Daniel Solís, Michael Thomas and David Letson

The dynamic relationship among poverty, inequality, and growth in rural Ethiopia: A micro evidence

May 2010

The Ethiopian government has boldly set very rapid and sustainable growth and its equitable distribution as its prime development objective to end poverty in the foreseeable future. For this reason, promoting agricultural and rural development has been purported by the government as its top development agenda since it took power some 19 years back. Yet the extent to which the government realizes this objective remains...

Author(s): Fekadu Gelaw

Real and conditional convergence in Africa: The case of the Franc zone countries

May 2010

Using the convergence theory inspired by models of endogenous growth, this paper analysed convergence in the economies of the Franc Zone countries in Africa. With an econometric validation based on cross-sectional and panel data, the paper tested a number of hypotheses, the main ones being the convergence of the economies of the UEMOA and CEMAC zones through per capita income, the existence of spillover effects, as well...

Author(s): Latif  Dramani

Market liberalization and maize production in Nigeria

May 2010

This study examined the impact of market liberalization on maize production in Nigeria. Time series data for a 29-year period (1970 - 1998) were collected. Zellner’s seemingly unrelated regression (SUR) model was used as the estimation technique. Output of maize was found to be more during liberalization. Fertilizer price and hectarage planted to maize were the significant variables affecting maize output....

Author(s): M. A. Badmus

Spatial dimension of poverty in rural Nigeria

May 2010

Poverty is a rural phenomenon in Nigeria. This study investigated poverty profile across geopolitical zones in rural Nigeria, using the 2003/2004 NLSS data. The result of FGT poverty decomposition shows that majority of the poor (84%) live in the rural area. Northwest zone had the highest relative contribution to incidence and depth of national rural poverty (29 and 30%, respectively) while Southwest had the least...

Author(s): Oluwakemi Adeola Obayelu and Taiwo Timothy Awoyemi

Analysis of dry season vegetable production in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria

May 2010

The study focused on the costs and returns of small-scale vegetable production in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. A total of 150 respondents were interviewed using questionnaire. The production system and socio economic characteristics of the farmers were evaluated. Vegetable production was found to be profitable with a Benefit – Cost Ratio (BCR) of 1.64 and the return per capital invested...

Author(s): U. C. Ibekwe and O. M. Adesope

Regional trade agreements and its impact on trade flows for South African agricultural products

May 2010

The aim of this study was to measure the impact of liberalisation on the South African agricultural economy, particularly the impact on trade flow of the exchange rate, trade liberalisation and distance of trading partners using the gravity model. The model found that all variables were significant at one percent and carried the expected sign. Only the EU dummy variable had an inverse relationship, implying that the EU...

Author(s): M. Y. Teweldemedhin and H. D. Van Schalkwyk

An application of the von Cramon-Taubadel and Loy error correction models in analyzing asymmetric adjustment between retail and wholesale maize prices in Ghana

April 2010

Previous studies analyzing asymmetric price transmission have been based on an econometric specification that is shown to be inconsistent with cointegration. This study draws on the concept of cointegration to implement the von Cramon-Taubadel and Loy error correction approach in analyzing retail-wholesale maize price transmission in Ghana. Asymmetries are modeled to affect the direct impact of price increases and...

Author(s): Henry de-Graft Acquah and Samuel Kwesi Ndzebah Dadzie

Why is understanding customer attitude toward 4Ps marketing mix important? The case of the livestock input industry in Indonesia

April 2010

One of the main issues of agricultural development in Indonesia was marketing of agricultural products. It was not only due to the weakness of agricultural marketing policy, but also lack of research, particularly research related to the costumer’s attitude of marketing mix. Understanding of costumer’s attitude of marketing mix was really important. Many literatures indicated that one of the advantages of...

Author(s): Sutrisno Hadi Purnomo, Yi-Hsuan Lee , Soekartawi

Prediction of added value of agricultural subsections using artificial neural networks: Box-Jenkins and Holt-Winters methods

April 2010

Added value of agricultural sub sectors is affected by many factors such as quantity production per agricultural sub sectors and selling price of producers and is related to some factors such as government investment and monetary and financial policies. This study examines the performance of artificial neural network, Box-Jenkins and Holt-Winters-no-seasonal models in forecasting added value of agricultural sub sectors...

Author(s): Elham Kahforoushan, Masoumeh Zarif and Ebrahim Badali Mashahir

Measurement of economic efficiency for smallholder dairy cattle in the marginal zones of Kenya

April 2010

Exotic dairy cattle have been adopted in the transitional zone IV of Kenya contrary to the opinion of experts who previously hypothesized that the "drier transitional zones" could not meet the requirements of the high performing exotic breeds. However, the economic efficiency of these breeds and the factors influencing them have not been ascertained and growers in the region are using these breeds. This study...

Author(s): M. M. Kavoi, Dana L. Hoag and James Pritchett

Why some rural people become members of agricultural cooperatives while others do not

April 2010

Though agricultural cooperatives are considered as a basis for household food security, there are many rural people in Tigray (Ethiopia) who do not so far become members. The study explores why some rural people become member of cooperatives while others do not using group discussion, household survey and probit model. The result of the study shows the prominent variables that strongly and significantly induce rural...

Author(s): Woldegebrial Zeweld Nugussie

Gender, environment and poverty linkages

April 2010

Poverty-environment linkages take different forms in rural and urban contexts. In rural areas, critical issues relate to access to natural resources such as land, forests etc. and their sustainable use. In urban areas, the poverty-environment agenda centres around questions relating to the use of natural resources such as water or air as sinks for the disposal of human and industrial wastes, and their impact on the...

Author(s): Siddhartha Sarkar

Revisiting the synergy between no-till and roundup ready soybean technology

March 2010

The objective of this study has been to identify the factors that influence the concurrent adoption of no-till technology and Roundup Ready (RR) soybean technology. Using data from a survey of 610 soybean growers in the United States and a two-equation probit model, our results reveal that ignoring the simultaneous nature of the decision to use no-till and RR soybean technologies could lead to the mis-specification of...

Author(s): Edwin Clifford Mensah and Ramin Cooper Maysami

Are Kenyan smallholders allocatively efficient? Evidence from Irish potato producers in Nyandarua North district

March 2010

Irish potato production in Kenya has been on the decline, yet this crop is a major staple and a source of cash from sales. Using a random sample of 127 smallholder farmers in Nyandarua North district this paper applied a dual stochastic efficiency decomposition technique and a two - limit Tobit model, after disaggregating economic efficiency components using a dual stochastic frontier function, to analyze resource...

Author(s): Gideon A. Obare, Daniel O. Nyagaka Wilson Nguyo and Samuel M. Mwakubo

An investigation of educational needs of Guilan- Iran's tea–planters

March 2010

Agriculture has various roles on the development of Iran in different aspects. The most obvious roles are: food preparation, rural's migration prevention to urban areas, preservation of economical and political independence and material preparation for many industries. Tea is one of the crops among agricultural productions which it is still confronted with a series of poor natural and managerial barriers and lack of...

Author(s): Mohammad Karim Motamed , Farisa Irannejad, M. Rezaei and Kurosh Rousta

Resource use and efficiency of artisanal fishing in Oguta, Imo State, Nigeria

March 2010

This study determined the cost-returns and the efficiency of resources used in artisanal fishing by fishers in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State Nigeria.  Data used for the study was obtained from primary and secondary sources using a multi-stage random sampling technique. In the first stage, 10 villages out of the 27 villages in Oguta were selected at random. In the second stage, 4 fishers were selected...

Author(s): A. Anene, C. I. Ezeh, and C. O. Oputa

Comparative analysis of poverty effects of various candidate biofuel crops in South Africa

February 2010

The aim of this study was to investigate the poverty reduction impact of various potential biofuel crops in South Africa. A simple pro-poor development framework (in which income is substituted for by its function) is specified. After analysis for outliers with considerable leverage, a robust regression option was used to carry out estimations for physical output, values and inputs of each crop. For reasons of data...

Author(s): Nicholas N. Ngepah

Stimulating rural employment and income for cassava (Manihot sp.) processing farming households in Oyo State, Nigeria through policy initiatives

February 2010

Smallholder agriculture is characterized by underemployment during off seasons, low-income earnings and severe post harvest losses. The study thus analyzed the economics of cassava processing by rural farm households to establish the socio-economic and policy strategies required to stimulate rural enterprise. Multistage sampling technique was used to collect data from 150 respondents using structured questionnaire....

Author(s): Oluwemimo Oluwasola

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