An analysis of productivity and technical efficiency of conservation agriculture in Malawi: A case of Nkhotakota district

Maize productivity, measured as the amount of output for a given input set, is lower than it could be in Malawi due to poor access to agricultural inputs and environmental depletion especially declining soil fertility. Malawi is promoting conservation agriculture in order to reverse the trend. The overall objective of this study is to determine economic performance of conservation agriculture in Malawi. The study will apply a normalized translog yield response model to assess productivity and a stochastic frontier production model (SFPM) to assess technical efficiency (TE) of conservation agriculture (CA). The study has just been initiated.
La productivité du maïs, mesurée comme la quantité à la production pour un ensemble indiqué des besoins, est inférieure à ce qu’elle pourrait être au Malawi en raison de difficultés d’accéder aux intrants agricoles et à la dégradation environnementale, notamment la baisse de fertilité du sol. Le Malawi favorise l’agriculture de conservation afin d’inverser la tendance. L’objectif global de cette étude est de déterminer la performance économique de l’agriculture de conservation au Malawi. L’étude appliquera un modèle normalisé de réponse de rendement « translog » pour évaluer la productivité et un modèle stochastique de production de frontière (SFPM) pour évaluer l’efficacité technique (TE) de l’agriculture de conservation (CA). L’étude a été juste lancée.
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