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Title: Estimation of Farm Level Technical Efficiency of Small-Scale Cowpea Production in Ghana
Authors: Awunyo-Vitor, Dadson
Bakang, J.
Cofie, Smith
Keywords: Technical efficiency
Cowpea production
Ghana
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci.
Citation: American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 13 (8): 1080-1087
Abstract: This study investigates the determinants of small-scale cowpea production in Ejura/Sekyedumase Municipality in the Ashanti Region using a stochastic frontier production function that incorporates inefficiency factors. Data for the study was collected from 200 randomly selected cowpea farmers within the district. A maximum likelihood technique was used to analyze the data. The results indicate that small-scale cowpea farmers were not fully technically efficient as the mean efficiency was 66%. Farm size, seed, pesticides and labour were the major input factors that influenced changes in cowpea output. The result also shows that a farmer’s educational level, membership of farmer based organization and access to extension services significantly influenced their efficiency positively. The implications are that policies that would encourage cowpea farmers to join farmer based organizations and provide them with easy access to extension services are options that would improve the efficiency of the farmers.
Description: An article published by American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 13 (8): 1080-1087, 2013.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/6140
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