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Title: Profit efficiency among maize farmers and implications forpoverty alleviation and food security in Ghana
Authors: Wongnaa, Camillus Abawiera
Awunyo-Vitor, Dadson
Mensah, Amos
Adams, Faizal
Keywords: Efficiency
Stochastic frontier
Translog profit function
Single step
Issue Date: 10-Oct-2019
Publisher: Elsevier B.V
Citation: C.A. Wongnaa, D. Awunyo-Vitor and A. Mensah et al. / Scientific African 6 (2019) e00206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sciaf.2019.e00206
Abstract: In this study, we analysed the profit efficiency of Ghanaian maize farmers using data col-lected from 576 farmers in four agro ecological zones of Ghana. The stochastic frontiertranslog profit function was the main method of analysis. We find that maize productionin Ghana is profitable but profitability will be adversely affected if prices of relevant in-puts (pesticides, fertiliser, herbicides, labour and seeds) and farm size increased. Generally,the mean profit efficiency for all farmers was estimated to be 48.4% and maize farmers inthe transitional zone were most efficient in their profit levels. Finally, profit efficiency wasfound to be influenced by educational level, gender, access to agricultural extension offi-cers, good roads and credit. Improvement in the quality of road infrastructure in Ghana’smaize producing areas could help lower the prices of production inputs. Stakeholders (Gov-ernment and Non-Governmental Organisations) in the maize industry are encouraged tohelp put subsidies on prices of production inputs to make them accessible and cost ef-fective in employing them. They are also advised to help provide extension agents withappropriate incentives that will make them committed to their duties. Implementationof the above recommendations among others will improve profit efficiency of Ghanaianmaize farmers and make the maize industry an avenue for job creation and a recipe forhelping Ghana to meet the sustainable development goals on no poverty and zero hunger.
Description: An article published by Elsevier B.V. and also available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sciaf.2019.e00206
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12693
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