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Transformation Versus Stagnation In The Oil Palm Industry: A Comparison Between Malaysia And Nigeria


  • Kajisa, Kei
  • Maredia, Mywish K.
  • Boughton, Duncan


This paper contrasts the successful transformation of the oil palm sector in Malaysia with the stagnation of the oil palm sector in Nigeria, and examines the factors determining the different paths that the oil palm sectors took in these two countries with the aim of drawing lessons for future development and transfer strategy in Nigeria. Comparing two countries in different regions is not easy, especially when Nigeria has been in political chaos and the agro-climatic environments for oil-palm production differ greatly in these two countries. The purpose of this paper is, therefore, not to compare the potential technology frontiers these two countries can reach, but instead to highlight the technological and environmental factors that helped or hindered the countries in reaching these potential frontiers, however different they may have been.

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  • Kajisa, Kei & Maredia, Mywish K. & Boughton, Duncan, 1997. "Transformation Versus Stagnation In The Oil Palm Industry: A Comparison Between Malaysia And Nigeria," Staff Papers 11483, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:midasp:11483

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    1. Glenn Jenkins & Andrew Lai, 1989. "Trade, Exchange Rate And Agricultural Policies In Malaysia," Development Discussion Papers 1989-04, JDI Executive Programs.
    2. Boughton, Duncan & Crawford, Eric W. & Howard, Julie A. & Oehmke, James F. & Shaffer, James D. & Staatz, John M., 1995. "A Strategic Approach to Agricultural Research Program Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa," Food Security International Development Working Papers 54702, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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    1. Egwuma, Henry & Shamsudin, Mad Nasir & Mohamed, Zainalabidin & Kamarulzaman, Nitty Hirawaty & Wong, Kelly Kai Seng, 2. "A Model For The Palm Oil Market In Nigeria: An Econometrics Approach," International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC), Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Department of Economics and Finance, vol. 4(2).

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