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Economic value of crop residues in African smallholder agriculture


  • Berazneva, Julia


This paper contributes to our understanding of the use and management of crop residues in East African highlands and farmers' decision-making associated with this important on-farm resource. Using the data from a socio-economic and household production survey of a sample of 310 households in 15 villages in western Kenya conducted in 2011-2012, the analysis shows that the decision to allocate maize residues to organic fertilizer and the amount of such allocation among Kenyan farmers is in uenced by the quantity of maize residues produced, as well as conventional inputs into production such as labor and chemical fertilizer. However, such allocation decisions may be independent of other competing uses of residues { livestock feed and cooking fuel. The value of maize residues as an input into crop production is also estimated.

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  • Berazneva, Julia, 2013. "Economic value of crop residues in African smallholder agriculture," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150367, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea13:150367

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    1. Priscilla Wainaina & Songporne Tongruksawattana & Matin Qaim, 2016. "Tradeoffs and complementarities in the adoption of improved seeds, fertilizer, and natural resource management technologies in Kenya," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 47(3), pages 351-362, May.

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    crop residues; maize production; biomass; value of natural resources; western Kenya; Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries; International Development;

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