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Technical Efficiency among Peasant Farmers Participating in Natural Resource Management Programmes in Central America

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  • Daniel Solís
  • Boris E. Bravo-Ureta
  • Ricardo E. Quiroga

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This study examines the extent to which technical efficiency (TE) is related to activities promoted by two natural resource management programmes recently completed in Central America. Data for a total of 639 farms operating in the hillsides of El Salvador and Honduras are used to estimate a household-level input-oriented stochastic distance frontier simultaneously with a TE effects model. The main finding of this study is that improvements in TE are financially beneficial to farm households while also contributing to environmental sustainability. The results also reveal a positive association between productivity and output diversification, and a positive relationship between TE and off-farm income, human capital and agricultural extension. Copyright (c) 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2008 The Agricultural Economics Society.

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  • Daniel Solís & Boris E. Bravo-Ureta & Ricardo E. Quiroga, 2009. "Technical Efficiency among Peasant Farmers Participating in Natural Resource Management Programmes in Central America," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 60(1), pages 202-219.
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