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Comparing the technical efficiency of farms benefiting from different agricultural interventions in Kenya's drylands

Jacinta Lemba UGent, Marijke D'Haese UGent, Luc D'Haese UGent, Aymen Frija UGent and Stijn Speelman UGent (2012) DEVELOPMENT SOUTHERN AFRICA. 29(2). p.287-301
abstract
Farmers in Kenya's drylands have difficulty accessing farm production resources and in consequence farm productivity is low. It is therefore important to find strategies for improving access to these scarce resources to help farmers use them efficiently. This paper analyses and compares the technical efficiency of five groups of small farms affected by five different agricultural interventions. The aim of the study was to identify intervention strategies that significantly improve farm efficiency. Data envelopment analysis was used to compute farm-level average technical efficiencies for each of the intervention groups. The results showed that average technical efficiency was highest for the farms that had participated in an irrigation intervention. The findings suggest that the strategies promoted by this intervention, such as access to irrigation, inputs and markets, have the most significant effect on farm efficiency.
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published
subject
keyword
Kenya, irrigation, drylands, agricultural intervention, DEA (data envelopment analysis), efficiency, DEA, SPAIN, DATA ENVELOPMENT ANALYSIS, DETERMINANTS
journal title
DEVELOPMENT SOUTHERN AFRICA
Dev. South. Afr.
volume
29
issue
2
pages
287 - 301
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000304207800007
JCR category
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
JCR impact factor
0.489 (2012)
JCR rank
49/55 (2012)
JCR quartile
4 (2012)
ISSN
0376-835X
DOI
10.1080/0376835X.2012.675698
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2916638
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2916638
date created
2012-06-22 14:35:03
date last changed
2012-07-10 10:31:30
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  abstract     = {Farmers in Kenya's drylands have difficulty accessing farm production resources and in consequence farm productivity is low. It is therefore important to find strategies for improving access to these scarce resources to help farmers use them efficiently. This paper analyses and compares the technical efficiency of five groups of small farms affected by five different agricultural interventions. The aim of the study was to identify intervention strategies that significantly improve farm efficiency. Data envelopment analysis was used to compute farm-level average technical efficiencies for each of the intervention groups. The results showed that average technical efficiency was highest for the farms that had participated in an irrigation intervention. The findings suggest that the strategies promoted by this intervention, such as access to irrigation, inputs and markets, have the most significant effect on farm efficiency.},
  author       = {Lemba, Jacinta and D'Haese, Marijke and D'Haese, Luc and Frija, Aymen and Speelman, Stijn},
  issn         = {0376-835X},
  journal      = {DEVELOPMENT SOUTHERN AFRICA},
  keyword      = {Kenya,irrigation,drylands,agricultural intervention,DEA (data envelopment analysis),efficiency,DEA,SPAIN,DATA ENVELOPMENT ANALYSIS,DETERMINANTS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {287--301},
  title        = {Comparing the technical efficiency of farms benefiting from different agricultural interventions in Kenya's drylands},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0376835X.2012.675698},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Lemba, Jacinta, Marijke D’Haese, Luc D’Haese, Aymen Frija, and Stijn Speelman. 2012. “Comparing the Technical Efficiency of Farms Benefiting from Different Agricultural Interventions in Kenya’s Drylands.” Development Southern Africa 29 (2): 287–301.
APA
Lemba, J., D’Haese, M., D’Haese, L., Frija, A., & Speelman, S. (2012). Comparing the technical efficiency of farms benefiting from different agricultural interventions in Kenya’s drylands. DEVELOPMENT SOUTHERN AFRICA, 29(2), 287–301.
Vancouver
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Lemba J, D’Haese M, D’Haese L, Frija A, Speelman S. Comparing the technical efficiency of farms benefiting from different agricultural interventions in Kenya’s drylands. DEVELOPMENT SOUTHERN AFRICA. 2012;29(2):287–301.
MLA
Lemba, Jacinta, Marijke D’Haese, Luc D’Haese, et al. “Comparing the Technical Efficiency of Farms Benefiting from Different Agricultural Interventions in Kenya’s Drylands.” DEVELOPMENT SOUTHERN AFRICA 29.2 (2012): 287–301. Print.