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: 525

JDAE Articles

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

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

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