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: 528

JDAE Articles

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

Linkage between rural poverty and agricultural productivity across the districts of Uttar Pradesh in India

February 2010

Improvement in agricultural productivity can reduce rural poverty in a major way. In India, various studies inferred that rural poverty is inversely related to the agricultural productivity and argued that agricultural productivity growth reduces rural poverty effectively as it generates income for poor farmers. Indian states are characterized by high variations in rural poverty levels, particularly, in Uttar Pradesh...

Author(s): Prabha, Kishor Goswami and Bani Chatterjee

Poverty-environmental links: The impact of soil and water conservation and tenure security on household welfare in Kenya

February 2010

This paper investigated the impact of investment in soil and water conservation strategies and tenure security on household welfare in Kenya. The paper used survey data collected from a sample of about 450 households in 2004. The paper estimated reduced form models to test the hypothesis that investments in soil and water conservation affect household welfare. The results showed that strong land rights are directly...

Author(s): Jane Kabubo-Mariara, Vincent Linderhof, Gideon Kruseman, Rosemary Atieno and Germano Mwabu

Price and non-price determinants of farm household demand for purchased inputs: Evidence from Northern Ghana

February 2010

The study examined the factors that influence the use of purchased inputs (fertilizer, hired labour, seed and ploughing services) by smallholders in Northern Ghana. The seemingly unrelated regression technique was used to estimate a system of cost share equations of the factor inputs. The elasticities of substitution and factor demand have been estimated. The estimated results suggested that higher amount of remittance...

Author(s): Akwasi Mensah-Bonsu

Bilateral trade in Waemu and Cemac zone

January 2010

In order to measure the effects of the monetary union on the intra zone trade, the study call on, a structural VAR, to which is associated the method of space state model assessment with the aim of distinguishing the impact of an economic policy shock in a group of country in open economy. The sample is constituted in this particular case of the 12 countries of the zone franc; seven countries of the West African...

Author(s): Latif Dramani

Comparison of Akaike information criterion (AIC) and Bayesian information criterion (BIC) in selection of an asymmetric price relationship

January 2010

Information criteria provide an attractive basis for model selection. However, little is understood about their relative performance in asymmetric price transmission modelling framework. To explore this issue, this research evaluated the performance of the two commonly used model selection criteria, Akaike information criteria (AIC) and Bayesian information criteria (BIC) in discriminating between asymmetric price...

Author(s): Henry de-Graft Acquah

GM technology and sustainable agriculture future: Empirical evidences from Bt cotton farmers in Maharashtra and Gujarat in India

January 2010

World agriculture is passing through a distinct phase of transformation, called the ‘second Green Revolution’ or Gene Revolution, in which modern biotechnology enables the production of genetically modified (GM) crops/ foods that are claimed to help resolve the pressing problems of food security, malnutrition and abject poverty in different parts of the world. However, there are apprehensions the world...

Author(s): P. K. Viswanathan and N. Lalitha

Determinants of household saving: Case study of smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs and teachers in rural areas of Kenya

October 2009

The adoption of liberalization measures in Kenya culminated in a rise and spread of interest rates in the financial sector. The saving rate has however remained low. Most studies have not been conclusive on factors influencing savings in developing countries. This study adopted a microeconomic approach in investigating the factors that influence savings among households of teachers, entrepreneurs and farmers in rural...

Author(s): Lawrence K. Kibet, Benjamin K. Mutai, Desterio E. Ouma, Shem A. Ouma and George Owuor

Value added milk products: Constraints to women in milk micro enterprises in Kenya

October 2009

As economic crisis deepens in Kenya, more and more women are joining the micro enterprise sector to earn a living. The dairy industry, in particular, provides opportunities for the Kenyan women to operate micro enterprises. However, these women face constraints in their efforts to sell high quality value added milk products. This paper is based on a study carried out in three districts in Kenya: Nakuru, Nairobi and...

Author(s): Dolphine Odero-Wanga, Milcah Mulu-Mutuku and Adijah Ali-Olubandwa

An empirical study of the sheep meat production with fuzzy logic

October 2009

In this paper, an effort was made in order to classify the European Union (EU) countries according to the quantity of the sheep meat production. In particular, the implementation of Fuzzy classification, indicated three sheep meat productionclasses in EU, according to their percentage of accession. Furthermore, the convergence in the sheep meat production...

Author(s): T. Koutroumanidis, E. Zafeiriou and S. Sofios

Female work participation in the emerging labour market- Case study of Sarhali village of Tarn-Taran district

September 2009

The work participation scenario is changing in case of women workers due to changing living standards and growth of consumerism more and more women are joining the work force and opt for either jobs or self employment. Women are working because of gross economic necessity, to raise standard of living, to make use of their qualification, to pass their idle time or to earn their livelihood. This article takes into...

Author(s): Seozy Bhatia and Paramjeet Kaur Dhindsa

Income and factor analysis of sweet potato landrace production in Ikom agricultural zone of Cross River state, Nigeria

September 2009

This study was carried out to evaluate the income generation level and constraints of sweet potato landrace production in Ikom agricultural zone of Cross River state, Nigeria. The multi-stage sampling procedure was followed. The first stage involved the selection of Ikom agricultural zone out of Calabar and Ogoja agricultural zones, which was purposively selected. The reason is that there are a lot of farm settlements...

Author(s): M. C. Ogbonna, H. N. Anyaegbunam, T. U. Madu and R. A. Ogbonna

The determinants of cassava productivity and price under the farmers’ collaboration with the emerging cassava processors: A case study in East Lampung, Indonesia

August 2009

This study identified the impact of the emerging cassava processors to the cassava production in Sukadana, East Lampung, Lampung, Indonesia. 80 cassava farmers in Sukadana were surveyed to know their relationships with processors, production cost structures and cultivation practices. Regression analysis showed that harvesting age was a critical factor to determine the cassava yield and price in the study area. Three...

Author(s): Tomohide Sugino and Henny Mayrowani

Characterization and frequency analysis of consecutive days maximum rainfall at Boalia, Rajshahi and Bangladesh

August 2009

Probability distributions were to predict rainfall status of various return period estimating one day and two to seven consecutive days annual maximum rainfall of Boalia, Rajshahi, Bangladesh). Three commonly used probability distributions (viz: Normal, Log Normal and Gamma distribution) were tested to determine the best fit probability distribution using the comparison of chi-square values. Results showed that the...

Author(s): M. A. B. Barkotulla, M. S. Rahman and M. M. Rahman

Emerging rural development issues

July 2009

Author(s): Prof. Diego Begalli

The wealth of the emerging world - the next 15 - 25 years

July 2009

The article introduces a new economic concept - domestication of a territory. In the past, harnessing the Ricardian advantage of each successive unique territory meant the development of a brand new technological package along with social institutions, custom tailored to the land’s specifics. Today, we face a similar necessity of improving the productivity of territories of the developing world. They are rich,...

Author(s): Lucy Badalian and Victor Krivorotov

Measuring agricultural productivity growth in MENA countries

July 2009

This paper investigates the patterns of agricultural productivity growth in 16 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries during the period 1970 - 2000. We use a nonparametric, output-based Malmquist index to examine whether our estimates confirm or invalidate the previous studies results indicating the decrease of agricultural productivity in developing countries. We will show that on average, agricultural...

Author(s): Mounir Belloumi and Mohamed Salah Matoussi

Current technology issues

June 2009

Author(s): Xiaomin Ruan

A plan to place successfully organic products in the Cypriot market

June 2009

This study aims to introduce a plan to place successfully organic products in the Cypriot market. In this sense, it attempts to offer more insight into Cypriot organic market. The research focused on three levels; consumers, producers and retailers of organic products in order to collect information regarding the production process of organic products, the difficulties in their disposal, the availability and quality of...

Author(s): M. Markou and T. Stylianides

Diagnosis of business failures in Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State, Nigeria

June 2009

This study explores the causes of business failures especially manufacturing firms in Ikwerre Local Government Area (KELGA) of Nigeria. The study samples were drawn from five (5) randomly selected manufacturing firms such as Rizonpalm Limited, Unizon Limited, Johnson Nigeria Limited, Chinda Limited, and Chizi Limited. Data were collected through the use of questionnaire and personal interviews of the sample elements of...

Author(s): Austin O. Oparanma, Isaac Zep-obipi, and Donald I. Hamilton

Recent researches and development issues

May 2009

Author(s): Nejat Erk

Analysis of rural and urban households’ food consumption differential in the North-Central, Nigeria: A micro-econometric approach

May 2009

This paper examines whether there are differences in food consumption patterns between the rural and urban households in the North-central Nigeria using food consumption data obtained from households’ seven days memory recall. While analytical tools like the descriptive statistics were used, the nature of data on fruits and vegetable with a lot of zero consumption led to the employment of the double-hurdle...

Author(s): Obayelu, A. E., Okoruwa, V. O. and Oni, O. A.

Women entrepreneurship in Asian developing countries: Their development and main constraints

May 2009

With limited data and information, this paper aims to examine recent developments of women entrepreneurship in Asian developing countries. This issue is currently very important since it is part of ongoing national efforts to alleviate poverty in developing countries in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Greater opportunities for women to become entrepreneurs (or to have better income paid jobs) will...

Author(s): Tulus Tambunan

Strategies for effective loan delivery to small – scale enterprises in rural Nigeria

May 2009

Economic growth and development cannot be achieved without putting in place well-focused programmes to reduce poverty through empowering the rural entrepreneurs with credit. In noting this, government has initiated many programmes to enhance adequate loan to rural entrepreneurs. However, these programmes have achieved mixed successes. This paper therefore examines the determinants of loan acquisition to rural enterprise...

Author(s): Benjamin Okpukpara

Economics evaluation of relative profitability in small hold dairy farms in western Kenya

May 2009

The development and implementation of farm policies requires the general understanding of the farmers’ response to the availed technology. Where farmers have similar resource endowment, generalization of policies would help improve their production levels. The farmers profit levels were used in comparing their relative efficiency in dairy farming in western province Kenya where a bilateral donor agency had come up...

Author(s): Otieno D. C.  Iruria, D. M. Odhiambo and M. O. Mairura

The welfare costs of electricity outages: A contingent valuation analysis of households in the suburbs of Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe

April 2009

Electricity power outages have been quite rampant in Uganda since the early 1990s.The water hyacinth, faults in the transmission and distribution systems, other generation related faults and the ever increasing demand for electric energy in the face of a given load capacity, are factors that have been responsible for the numerous outages experienced by both commercial and domestic power consumers. Inconveniences that...

Author(s): Eseza Kateregga

Avoiding more biofuel surprises: The fuel, food and forest trade-offs

April 2009

Biofuel policies involve a convergence between, policies to protect ecosystems and reduce greenhouse gases and policies to support food security and agricultural income. Beginning in 1985, agricultural programs shifted dramatically from being a major cause of environmental damage to providing a strong leverage which encouraged the most environmentally beneficial practices.  Biofuel programs are erasing some of...

Author(s): Clayton W. Ogg

Prospects and challenges of seed sector privatisation

September 2006

African countries embarked on privatisation of their seed industries in the 1980s as part of the structural adjustment programmes.  Botswana however, chose not to privatise its seed production services at that time.  This paper examines the prospects and challenges for embarking on seed sector privatisation in developing countries using Botswana as a case study.  The study found that the present system is...

Author(s): Patrick Malope

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