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Technical innovation and farm productivity growth in dryland Africa: The effects of structural adjustment on smallholders in Kenya

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  • Nyariki, D.M.
  • Thirtle, Colin G.
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    This paper uses non-parametric approach to measure technical innovation and productivity growth at the smallholder farm-level in dry-land sub-Saharan Africa during the initial years of the structural adjustment programmes for agriculture. Data from Kenya for two production years, 1991/2 and 1995/6 are used to construct a Malmquist productivity index. The results show that the rise in input prices led to reduced use of modern inputs, so that efficiency increased at 12% per year. However, lower use of modern varieties and less fertiliser also gave technological regression at 2.5% per annum, so that the overall outcome was productivity growth of 3% per annum. However, productivity improvement cannot be sustainable without technological progress.

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    Article provided by Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) in its journal Agrekon.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:agreko:54220

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    Keywords: Farm Management; Productivity Analysis; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies;

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    1. Frisvold, George & Ingram, Kevin, 1995. "Sources of agricultural productivity growth and stagnation in sub-Saharan Africa," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 13(1), pages 51-61, October.
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