An analysis of technical efficiency of mixed intercropping agroforestry technology: A case of Zomba district in Malawi

The study was conducted in Zomba district in Malawi, in 2005/ 2006 cropping season with the main objective of assessing technical efficiency (TE) of mixed intercropping (MI) agroforestry technology. Study population consisted of 101 farmers practicing MI and 104 non-adopters (NA) of agroforestry. Stochastic Frontier Production Model (SFPM) of parametric approach specified by Battese and Coelli (1995) was applied to evaluate the TE. Mean TE of MI and NA were 0.62 and 0.46, respectively. Results showed that both categories of farmers have technical inefficiencies.
L’étude a été menée dans le district de Zomba au Malawi, pendant la période de moisson de 2005-2006 avec l’objectif principal d’évaluer l’efficacité technique (ET) de la technologie mixte (TM) de l’agroforesterie. La population d’étude était composée de 101 agriculteurs pratiquant (AP) l‘agroforesterie mixte et de 104 non-pratiquants (NP). Le modèle de l’approche paramétrique, appelé ”Stochastic Frontier Production Model” (SFPM) et élaboré par Battese et Coelli (1995), a été appliqué pour évaluer l’ ET. Les ET moyennes de AP et de NP étaient, respectivement 0.62 et 0.46. Les résultats ont prouvé que les deux catégories des agriculteurs ont des inefficacités techniques.
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