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: 540

JDAE Articles

How do managers improve farm performance during the economic slowdown: Survey results from New York agribusinesses

November 2011

This paper examines factors that affect agribusiness management behavior of a sample of dairy, equine, beef cattle, and hog farms in New York State to understand how they survive the ongoing economic hardship. Using a conceptual framework and a Heckman Selection model, this study analyzes the impact of managers’ perceived pressure from the unfavorable economy, their personal traits and their self-assessed...

Author(s): Xu, Pei

Antecedents and effects of group sales on supply chain performance: The case of kola production and marketing in Cameroon

November 2011

Kola plays an important role in the livelihoods of people in the North West region of Cameroon. However, the potential benefits of the product have not been fully exploited due to many problems including ineffective marketing techniques. In an attempt to address this problem, some organisations like the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) have facilitated the producers of kola to embark on group sales as a means to...

Author(s): Amos Gyau, Charlie Mbosso, Zac Tchoundjeu, Divine Foundjem-Tita, Ebenezer Asaah and Steven Franzel

What factors influence the speed of adoption of Soil fertility management technologies? Evidence from Western Kenya

November 2011

Most adoption studies have employed cross-sectional data in a static discrete choice modelling framework to analyze why some farmers adopt technology at a certain point in time. The static approach does not consider the dynamic environment in which the adoption decision is made and thus does not incorporate the speed of adoption and the effect of time-dependent elements in explaining adoption. The...

Author(s): Odendo, Martins, Obare Gideon and Salasya Beatrice

The preferential trade agreements in U. S. green tea trade

November 2011

The purposes of this paper are to assess U.S. preferential trade agreements (PTAs) effects especially to 1) analyze the impact of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in U.S. green tea trade, and 2) analyze the impact of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program for green tea trade to U.S. The author propose to apply the gravity equation for U.S. green tea imports by focusing PTAs effects. The period...

Author(s): Koichi Yamaura

Impact of risk attitudes on poverty level among rural farmers in Ogun State

October 2011

This study examined the impact of risk attitudes on poverty level among rural farmers in Ogun state. Data used were generated from a farm survey involving 120 farmers randomly selected using a multi-stage sampling technique. Analytical tools used include descriptive, risk behavioural model (safety-first principle), Foster-Greer-Thorbecke (FGT) model and Probit model. The findings revealed that majority of the responding...

Author(s): Ajijola S., O. A. Egbetokun and I. E. Ogunbayo

Determinants of informal savings amongst vegetable farmers in North West Region, Cameroon

October 2011

The study was aimed at determining the socio-economic determinants of informal savings amongst vegetable farmers in the North West Region of Cameroon. Savings and savings mobilization in any economy is undertaken by formal, semi formal and informal institutions. Possibly as a result of this poor bank distribution, one is able to clearly see how the region is highly dominated by the informal sector. Data for the study...

Author(s): Bime MJ and Mbanasor J

Efficiency of the plantain marketing system in Ghana: A co-integration analysis

October 2011

The study assesses the efficiency of the plantain marketing system in Ghana using monthly wholesale prices in GHS/10 kg covering the period 2004 to 2009. The integration among the plantain markets was tested with the Johansen multivariate co-integration analysis and error correction model. The markets chosen for the study are Accra market as a central consumption market; Kumasi market, Sunyani market and Koforidua...

Author(s): Akwasi Mensah - Bonsu, Akua Agyeiwaa-Afrane and John K. M. Kuwornu

Agricultural adjustment in flood-prone areas in Comilla of Bangladesh: A geographical study

October 2011

This paper focuses on agricultural adjustment inclination in flood-prone areas in Comilla, Bangladesh. The study’s area is located in a tropical and rivers’ oriented developing country in Southeast Asia. It has a huge potential of agricultural activities, such as fertile soils of deltaic plains, vast rainfall of monsoon climate, and available labors. On the other hand, natural hazards, for examples, floods,...

Author(s): Asib Ahmed

Determinants of improved maize seed and fertilizer adoption in Kenya

October 2011

The study quantifies factors affecting adoption of improved maize varieties and fertilizer by households in maize growing zones of Kenya. It uses Heckman two-stage model to analyze data collected from 1850 households in 2002. Credit was important in explaining the adoption of improved maize seed and fertilizer. Likewise the ability to access hired labour was positively associated with adoption of improved maize...

Author(s): J. O. Ouma and H. De Groote

The role of Grameen Ghana in improving income of women shea butter processors

October 2011

This paper examines the role of Grameen Ghana’s microcredit scheme in improving the incomes of women engaged in shea butter processing in Ghana. Cross-sectional data obtained from 414 women were fitted into a regression model. The results indicate that Grameen Ghana’s credit programme has not significantly improved the income of women processors who participated in the project suggesting that the objective...

Author(s): Seidu Al-hassan, Abdulai Abdul-Malik and Alhassan Andani

Analysis of factors affecting dairy goat farming in Keiyo North and Keiyo South Districts of Kenya

October 2011

Dairy goat milk production is undertaken in traditional extensive production systems with limited resources and harsh climatic conditions. Less attention has been given to goat milk and related products to minimize poverty food insecurity. The main objective of this study was to analyze the factors of production for dairy goat farming. It was hypothesized that farmers’ factor inputs do not significantly impact on...

Author(s): Kipserem J., Sulo T., Chepng’eno W. and Korir M.

Farmers’ awareness and application of banana Xanthomonas wilt control options: The case of Uganda and Kenya

October 2011

Banana is a key staple and cash crop in east and central Africa. However, the recent outbreak of Banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW) has threatened farmers whose livelihoods depend on the crop. Since 2002, stakeholders embarked on campaigns to sensitize farmers on the disease and its management. This study evaluated the effectiveness of these efforts by examining farmers’ awareness of the disease, control options and...

Author(s): Wellington Jogo, Eldad Karamura, Jerome Kubiriba, William Tinzaara, Anne Rietveld, Margaret Onyango and Michael Odongo

Determinants of adopting imazapyr-resistant maize for Striga control in Western Kenya: A double-hurdle approach

October 2011

Discussions and debates have been on going about Striga, a major constraint to increasing maize production and food security in western Kenya. To inform these debates this paper applies econometrics to farm survey data in order to estimate and determine the factors which drive farmers’ decision to adopt imazapyr-resistant maize (IRM), a novel technology for Striga control. The study uses data from a multistage,...

Author(s): D. B. Mignouna, V. M. Manyong, K. D. S. Mutabazi and E. M. Senkondo

Dismantling of common property, land use and pastoral livelihoods in eastern Ethiopia

September 2011

This paper examines the emerging challenges to common property resource management in pastoral areas of Ethiopia and a shift in livelihood strategies. Using the institutional analysis and development framework and data from three administrative districts in eastern Ethiopia, results show that traditional management of the rangeland that permits efficient allocation of resources is no longer practiced due to demographic...

Author(s): Fekadu Beyene

Economic analysis of soil fertility restoration options in potato – bean of gardening intercropping in south – rift, Kenya

September 2011

Soil fertility management options to restore soil fertility depletion have been developed and these consist of inorganic and organic fertilizer applications. However, the adoption rates by smallholder farmers for these soil fertility management options are negligible. The overall aim of this study was to evaluate side-by-side economic aspects of different soil fertility improvement options, which have been tested in the...

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

Economic analysis of adoption of mulching technology in yam production in Osun State, Nigeria

September 2011

  In addressing the problem of low soil fertility and land degradation occasioned by increased population  growth, erosion of soil nutrients and extreme exposure of land to harsh weather conditions resulting in  reduced yam yield, mulching technology was adopted by the farmers in Osun State, Nigeria. This study    used a multi-stage sampling technique to select...

Author(s): A.  A. Akinola and P. Owombo

Influence of modern technology on small family-owned farms in the Brazilian savannah region: A case study of a settlement in Mato Grosso do Sul State

September 2011

The Savannah region is the second biggest biome in Brazil after the amazon forest. Today, the savannah is Brazil´s largest region responsible for commodity production. Nevertheless, this production is concentrated around large-scale farmers. Most of the small farmers representing the largest group of producers encounter many problems ranging from low levels of production to income difficulties. The objective of...

Author(s): Arcelei Lopes Bambil and Olivier Vilpoux

Does Irrigation enhance and food deficits discourage fertilizer adoption in a risky environment? Evidence from Tigray, Ethiopia

September 2011

The northern Ethiopian highland in general and the Tigray region in particular is a drought prone area where agricultural production risk is prevalent. Moisture stress is a limiting factor for improved agricultural input mainly fertilizer use. Lack of capital and consumption smoothing mechanisms limits households’ investment in production enhancing agricultural inputs, possibly leading into poverty trap. Using a...

Author(s): Gebrehaweria Gebregziabher, and Stein Holden

Application of modified compromise weighted multi-objective programming in Fadama farming in Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Nigeria

September 2011

The application of modified compromise weighted multi-objective programming to Fadama farming in Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State was the main focus of the study. Samples of 106 Fadama vegetable cultivars were randomly selected from 12 Fadama user’s associations in the study area. The farm sizes were grouped and formed into three categories namely: below 1 ha, 1 to 2.99 ha and 3 to 4.99 ha farms, with...

Author(s): Sani, M. H., Kushwaha, S., Abubakar, M. M. and Ayoola, G. B.

Economics of sustainable vegetable farming under Fadama condition in Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Nigeria

September 2011

The study examined the sustainable vegetable farming under fadama condition in Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi using the following selected crops: onion, tomato, pepper, okro, carrot, cabbage and garden-egg. A total of ninety-six (96) farmers were randomly selected from twelve- (12) Fadama users’ association arranged in strata. Three (3) categories of farmers were formed, namely, below 1, 2 to 3.99, and 3 to...

Author(s): Sani, M. H., Kushwaha, S., Abubakar, M. M. and Ayoola, G. B.

Agricultural technology adoption, seed access constraints and commercialization in Ethiopia

September 2011

This article examines the driving forces behind farmers’ decisions to adopt agricultural technologies and the causal impact of adoption on farmers’ integration into output market using data obtained from a random cross-section sample of 700 farmers in Ethiopia. We estimate a Double-Hurdle model to analyze the determinants of the intensity of technology adoption conditional on overcoming seed access...

Author(s): Solomon Asfaw, Bekele Shiferaw, Franklin Simtowe  and Mekbib Gebretsadik Haile

Institutional incentives and economic aspects of industrial relationships in the Italian agricultural sector

September 2011

Policy interventions and private initiatives undertaken in the Italian agricultural sector have registered varying degrees of impact at the local level, due to the diversity of regional characteristics. The research paper aims to conceptualize the agricultural value-chain model and sheds light on the institutional incentives for product and supply organization in one integrated and interrelated process. The economic...

Author(s): Darina Zaimova

A study on the economic feasibility of date palm cultivation in the Al-Hassa Oasis of Saudi Arabia

September 2011

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with an estimated 25 million date palms (Phoenix dactylifera L.) produces nearly a million tones of dates annually accounting for about 15% of the global date production. Our study on the economic feasibility of date palm cultivation in the Al-Hassa oasis of the Kingdom estimated the average annual yield of dates per palm to be 48.0 kg per palm with a selling price estimated at SR 4.00...

Author(s): A. Al-Abbad, M. Al-Jamal, Z. Al-Elaiw, F. Al-Shreed and H. Belaifa

Economic analysis of rice production in Cross River State, Nigeria

September 2011

The study was undertaken to examine the economic analysis of rice production in Cross River State of Nigeria. Specifically, the work aimed at examining the socio-economic characteristics of rice producers; identify the production constraints in rice production; identify the resources used for rice production; determine the gross margin and to determine the effect of production inputs on rice output in the study area....

Author(s): I. U. Odoemenem and J. A. Inakwu

Assessing the technical efficiency of commercial egg production in Tanzania for improved livelihoods

August 2011

This study examined the productivity and technical efficiency (TE) of egg production in Tanzania under the intensive system. A multistage random sampling procedure was employed for selecting 80 respondents from two districts; Kibaha and Ilala. This study utilizes the most recent developments in stochastic frontier modeling as specified for a one-step process in Limdep software. Results indicated that the mean TE of egg...

Author(s): Oleke, J. M. and Isinika, A. C.

Comparisons of LSMS-ISA data collection and dissemination efforts in Central America

August 2011

This article aims the comparison of LSMS survey in Central American countries to increase current knowledge of survey methodologies and ensure the most efficient dissemination and utilization of the results.It will improve the availability,quality and relevance of agricultural data for policy and research in Central America. The criterion for this comparison consists of household survey data...

Author(s): Carlos Alberto Zuniga González

Socio-economic analysis of melon production in Ifelodun Local Government Area, Kwara State, Nigeria

August 2011

This study examined the socio-economic characteristics of melon production in Ifelodun Local Government Area, Kwara State. Primary data were basically used for the study. They were obtained through interview schedule with a well structured questionnaire. A 2-stage random sampling technique was used in selecting the sampling for the study. A total of 120 farming households engaged in melon production were used. Data were...

Author(s): Mohammed, B. T.

Economic crossroads: The experiences of Nigeria and lessons from Malaysia

August 2011

Nigeria has the potential to become Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy and a major player in the global economy by virtue of its human and natural resource endowment. These potentials have remained untapped, and if current trends continue, Nigeria runs the risk of not meeting the internationally agreed millennium development goals (MDGs) by 2015. This paper is an attempt to assess the economic performance in...

Author(s): Okezie, C. A. and Amir, Baharuddin H.

The influence of market barriers and farm income risk on non-farm income diversification

August 2011

Empirical evidence shows that non-farm income diversification is associated with higher welfare among farm households. However, most studies have ignored market barriers and farm income risk in explaining income diversification behaviour. This study develops a theoretical framework that includes both market barriers and farm income risk, in addition to other factors, in explaining income diversification behaviour. The...

Author(s): Edward Olale

Factors affecting the training of farm workers in Free State Province, South Africa

August 2011

Farm workers are amongst the workers that are central to the productivity and efficiency of food production. Food and agricultural sector in South Africa cannot achieve their global competitiveness without a properly skilled and technologically wise farm workforce. In order for this sector to effectively prevent food insecurity in South Africa and in Southern African Development Communities (SADC), famers and other...

Author(s): Victor Mmbengwa, Lucius Botes, Mazuru Gundidza, Khathutshelo Nephawe and Norman Maiwashe

Dynamics of the agricultural economy of Andhra Pradesh, India since the last five decades

August 2011

Andhra Pradesh is one of the largest state in India, with agriculture as a major source of income for about 60% of its population. In the last 50 years, the annual growth rate of agriculture has been 2.88%, which is far below the target growth of 4% per annum. Further, Andhra Pradesh is divided into three district regions with growing demand for separate state from less developed regions. The paper examined regional...

Author(s): A. Amarender Reddy

Relative importance of common bean attributes and variety demand in the drought areas of Kenya

August 2011

The analysis assessed the relative importance of production and consumption attributes to different wealth groups of households and tested the effect of attribute preference and that of other factors on common bean variety demand in the drought areas of Eastern Kenya. Variety demand was conceptualized within the agricultural household framework and attributes were incorporated into the model according to the Lancaster...

Author(s): Enid Katungi, Louise Sperling, David Karanja, Andrew Farrow and Steeve Beebe

Exploration of food security situation in the Nile basin region

July 2011

The top economic development challenges in the Nile Basin region are food insecurity, poor infrastructure, chronic poverty and political instability. While these issues are interrelated, food security assumes a greater dimension at both national and regional levels. Hence, an eclectic approach is used to underscore food security indicators in River Nile basin. Food security is a multidimensional conceptualization of...

Author(s): John Omiti, Hellen Ommeh-Natu Lydia Ndirangu, Nancy Laibuni and Nicholas Waiyaki

Analysis of avocado marketing in Trans-Nzoia district, Kenya

July 2011

The ability of small holder farmers to plant trees or expand traditional tree based system is limited to a number of factors. These factors are scarcity of resources, inadequate technical capacity and experience and market disincentives. Marketing of agro forestry produce is crucial for increasing the available money in the farming sector. Unfortunately, there is little information and experience on the dynamics of...

Author(s): Paul Omolo, Tana P. , Mutebi C., Okwach E. , Onyango H.  and Okach K. O.

Rural livelihood diversification and agricultural household welfare in Ghana

July 2011

Sufficient time has elapsed since agricultural sector reforms got underway in Ghana and so this study examined how some selected proxies of the reforms have changed overtime and evaluated their relative importance in influencing rural livelihood diversification and household welfare. In doing this, data was pooled from the 1991/1992 and 2005/2006 Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS) and the endogenous switching...

Author(s): Emmanuel Ekow Asmah

Determination of the sacrifice rate in Turkey, Brazil and Italy: A comparison among countries

July 2011

The ongoing research on output and inflation tradeoff contradiction is what most nations’ central banks are facing currently. After a long inflationary period, which started in  2001, Turkey has also become successful in overcoming and curbing down the inflation rate with fiscal and monetary policy measures. Although the general acceptance of output sacrifice for inflationary improvements is a common...

Author(s): Tuba BaÅŸkonuÅŸ Direkçi

Gender aspect in adoption of commercial poultry production among peri-urban farmers in Kericho Municipality, Kenya

July 2011

The main objective of this study was to assess the extent of gender effects on adoption of intensive commercial poultry production system by peri-urban farmers. The sample frame was divided into two strata made up of adopters and non-adopters. To select respondents, systematic sampling procedure was applied for both strata. To identify those variables that influence the gender control of poultry enterprise, a two-limit...

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

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

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