IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Efficiency of the Small Farm Swidden System: Cases from Orissa


  • Amalendu Jyotishi


This study is based on field survey of households involved in Swidden in Orissa, India. Conventionally, swidden agricultural system has been interpreted as inefficient (economically), destructive (ecologically) and an inflexible static form (institutionally) of agriculture. The economic efficiency in swidden, in particular poses an analytical problem, largely due to the institutional structures and multiple crop situations involved in this system. Conventionally, efficiency of farm performance is understood through the ratio of output and inputs wherein productivity per unit of input is the undercurrent of efficiency. In this context, the paper attempts to clarify some of the concepts relating to economic efficiency in swidden agricultural system, measure technical efficiency and identify the key factors affecting efficiency of swidden agricultural system practiced in the region. Results suggest that swidden in particular is not an inefficient form of agriculture, particularly from energy use point of view.

Suggested Citation

  • Amalendu Jyotishi, 2008. "Efficiency of the Small Farm Swidden System: Cases from Orissa," The IUP Journal of Agricultural Economics, IUP Publications, vol. 0(3), pages 72-85, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:icf:icfjag:v:05:y:2008:i:3:p:72-85

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:icf:icfjag:v:05:y:2008:i:3:p:72-85. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (G R K Murty). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.