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dc.contributorEdriss, Abdi-Khalilen_US
dc.contributorMatchaya, Greenwell C.en_US
dc.creatorAssa, Maganga M.en_US
dc.identifier.citationMaganga M. Assa, Abdi-Khalil Edriss, Greenwell C. Matchaya. (30/11/2013). Cost efficiency, Morishima, Allen-Uzawa and Cross-Price elasticities among Irish potato farmers in Dedza district, Malawi. International Journal of Economic Sciences and Applied Research, 6(1), pp. 59-73.en_US
dc.description.abstractMalawi has experienced a forward shift in its demand for Irish potato (Solanum tuberosum) consumption. Given limited resources at farmers' disposal, meeting the growing demand will require farmers to follow the efficient path of the farm production resources. This paper, therefore, is an attempt to measure the cost efficiency of smallholder Irish potato farmers in Dedza district of Malawi using a translog cost function, inefficiency effect model and input elasticities derived from a system of cost share equations estimated by Iterated Seeming Unrelated Regression method. A multistage random sampling technique was used to select 200 Irish potato farmers in Dedza in 2011 from whom inputoutput data and their prices were obtained. Results indicate that the mean cost efficiency of Irish potato production in Dedza District is 0.67 with scores ranging between 0.15 and 0.94. The cost efficiency differences are significantly explained by nonfarm employment, education, credit access, farm experience, degree of specialization, household size and frequency of weeding. The highest input substitution existed between labour and fertilizer, followed by seedfertilizer. One policy issue is raised; credit should be extended to Irish potato farmers to enable them purchase farm inputs.en_US
dc.publisherKavala Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.sourceInternational Journal of Economic Sciences and Applied Research;6,(2013) Pagination 59,73en_US
dc.subjectresearch analysisen_US
dc.subjectcost efficiencyen_US
dc.titleCost efficiency, Morishima, Allen-Uzawa and Cross-Price elasticities among Irish potato farmers in Dedza district, Malawien_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idMatchaya, Greenwell C.: 0000-0003-3035-1648en_US
cg.contributor.centerLilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Bunda College of Agriculture - LUANAR - Bunda CoAen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Water Management Institute - IWMIen_US
cg.contributor.crpCRP on Dryland Systems - DSen_US
cg.contributor.funderNot Applicableen_US
cg.coverage.regionEastern Africaen_US
dc.identifier.statusLimited accessen_US

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