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Examining the technical efficiency of rice producers in Bangladesh

  • Kelvin Balcombe

    (Applied Economics and Business Management, Imperial College London, UK)

  • Iain Fraser

    (Applied Economics and Business Management, Imperial College London, UK)

  • Mizanur Rahman

    (Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, Gazipur, Bangladesh)

  • Laurence Smith

    (Applied Economics and Business Management, Imperial College London, UK)

Despite record national output in the early years of this decade there is widespread concern that rice yields in Bangladesh are below those attainable, and that given future population growth this may constrain achievement of food security and poverty reduction objectives. A frequent response to this problem is that farmers could close the gap between actual farm yields and potential yields identified in field trials if farmers who are technically inefficient could improve their current farming practices. This paper estimates and explains technical efficiency for a sample of rice farmers in Bangladesh employing Bayesian methods. The results provide insights into the distribution of technical efficiency and identify important influences on rice growing. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-16

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