Agricultural Economics Research Papers/Topics

Adoption Of Improved Technology And Farm Level Technical Efficiency Of Small-Scale Oil Palm Producers In The Western Region Of Ghana

ABSTRACT Over the last 60 years, a series of interventions geared towards increasing oil palm output have been initiated by the Government. Recent major Government interventions are the expansion of the seednuts production capacity of the Oil Palm Research Institute (OPRI) from 2 million to 5 million seednuts per year, the President‟s Special Initiative on Oil Palm and the Oil Palm Master Plan. The oil palm sector is dominated by small-scale producers who have low productivity as a result o...

Market Participation Of Smallholder Farmers In The Upper West Region Of Ghana

ABSTRACT This study assesses the levels of market participation by smallholder maize and groundnut farmers in the Upper West Region by estimating the factors that influence the probability and intensity of participating in the maize and groundnut markets and then identifying and ranking the constraints to marketing maize and groundnut. A multi stage random sampling procedure was employed to select 400 farmers (200 maize and 200 groundnut farmers) from four agricultural districts in the region...

Comparative Analysis Of Productivity And Efficiency In Low And High External Inputs Technology Agriculture In Imo State

ABSTRACT The study was designed to compare productivity and efficiency of Low External Input Technology and High External Input Technology Farms in Imo State. Specifically, it aimed at comparing the socio- economic characteristics of the two groups of farmers as well as their productivities, ascertain the factors influencing aggregate and individual resource productivities, determine production efficiency and returns to scale in the two farm types.  The study was conducted in Imo State, Nige...

Market Integration And Price Transmission Analysis of Processed Fish Markets in Ghana

ABSTRACT  This study presents an analysis of market integration and price transmission of 10 processed fish markets in Ghana over the period 2012-2017. Monthly processed fish prices for Koobi, Kpala and Smoked herrings from the 10 markets namely Makola, Ada, Agbozume, Cape Coast, Half Assini, Kpandu, Mankessim, Techiman, Tema and Wa markets were used for the analysis. Data were analysed using the Johansen Co-integration procedure, Granger Causality test, Asymmetric Vector Error-Correction mo...

The Competitiveness Of Soybean Production In The Upper West Region Of Ghana

ABSTRACT In Ghana, soybean production has received considerable promotion since its introduction in 1910 ranging from research, education on utilization technologies, subsidies, etc. The government still provides subsidy to soybean production in the form of soft credit on inputs (fertilizer, seeds, ploughing). Despite these support systems, little or no study has been conducted to assess the private incentives for farmers to continue its production and the sustainability of its production if ...

The Determinants Of Health And Nutrition Of Children Under Five in Ghana

ABSTRACT This study examines the determinants of health and nutrition of children under five in Ghana using data on 2127 children and their households drawn from the Ghana Living Standards Survey in 1987/88 (GLSS I). The study reveals that Ghanaian children of 0 to 59 months obtain 82.7 percent of the recommended required daily allowance of calorie intake. Also the children weighed 9.9 percent higher than the recommended weight of 12.0 kg. It was further shown that the level of undernutritio...

Determinants Of Use Intensity Of Inorganic Fertilizer And Its Effect on Maize Yield Among Smallholder Maize Farmers In Northern Ghana

ABSTRACT Studies have shown that poverty rates in Northern Ghana are two to three times more than the national average. Poverty, low income generation, and chronic food insecurity remains a critical challenge among the people in this region. Smallholder farmers in northern Ghana have limited access to the assets that would facilitate a shift from low productivity subsistence farming to modern commercial agriculture. The major constraints to their livelihoods include lack of infrastructure a...

Production Efficiency Analysis Of Pineapple Farmers In The Akwapim-South District Of Ghana

ABSTRACT Pineapple farmers in Ghana are not able to meet their potential yield. Organizations are making conscious efforts to help boost pineapple production by training farmers on topics  such as input use and farm management. It is necessary to ascertain if some gaps in production still exist that need to be addressed. The study sought to identify the influence of inputs on pineapple production in conjunction with the production of other crops. It also estimated the technical efficiency s...

Technical Efficiency Analysis Of Groundnut Production In Ghana: A Bayesian Approach

ABSTRACT  Groundnut has been identified as the most important leguminous crop in Ghana both in terms of volume of production and export. Its production has faced numerous challenges over the past decades in Ghana as the productivity of groundnut continues to decline despite the abundant resources that support its growth. The question is, what then is responsible for the declining productivity levels of groundnut in Ghana? The study sought to estimate the productivity levels and technical ef...

Effect Of Input Credit Scheme On Productivity Of Smallholder Cocoa Farmers In The Amenfi West And Prestea-Huni Valley Districts Of The Western Region: A Case Study Opportunity International

ABSTRACT Opportunity International, a private financial institution has made efforts to support cocoa farmers in Ghana through the establishment of input credit scheme with the aim of enhancing access to inputs to improve productivity of farmers. The primary objective of the study is to determine whether access to inputs improves productivity of smallholder cocoa farmers in the stated districts of the Western Region of Ghana. Purposive sampling was used to select two districts from the regio...

Econometric Modelling of The Effects of Intersectoral Labor Mobility on Deforestation in Ghana, 1970-99.

ABSTRACT The study analyses the effects of intersectoral labour mobility between agricultural and non-agricultural sectors on deforestation in Ghana. It is based on annual time series data covering the period 1970—99. The study describes the basic determinants of intersectoral labour mobility and deforestation and estimates the magnitudes o f the effects of their determinants in Ghana. The empirical results show that the effects of intersectoral labour mobility between agricultural and non...

Evaluation of Microfinance Bank Lending to Agriculture in Imo State Nigeria

Abstract The study was an evaluation of microfinance bank lending to agriculture in Imo State, Nigeria. The specific objectives of the study were to (i) to analyse the institutional features of the microfinance banks in the study area (ii) analyses the socioeconomic characteristics of the loan beneficiaries, (iii) determine the amount of credit supplied by microfinance banks to farmers and their repayment performance, (iv) determine the factors influencing credit supply by microfinance banks...

The Economics Of Post-Harvest Handling And Marketing Of Legumes In Ghana: The Case Of Cowpea, Groundnuts And Bambara Beans.

ABSTRACT The study examined the efficiency of the legume market with respect to post - harvest handling and the structure, conduct and performance of the marketing process. The legume crops involved in the study are cowpea, groundnuts and bambara beans. Bambara beans was however studied only at the farm level because of its limited sale at the wholesale level. The techniques employed for primary data collection include Rapid Reconnaissance Survey, Participatory Rural Appraisal, Direct Observa...

A Quantitative Analysis of the Potential Fertilizer Value of Poultry Generated In The Accra-Tema Metropolitan Area

ABSTRACT The rapid population growth and urbanization has brought about the challenge of organising food on asustainable basis with the use of inputs such asfertilizers. The present study was conducted to investigate the potential fertilizer value of poultry manure produced in the Accra-Tema metropolitan area.Structured questionnaires were used to interview 30commercial farms. Also, three farms were chosen for case studies. The results indicate that poultry manure contains high levels of...

Assessing The Functionality And Effectiveness Of The Departments Of Agriculture In The Northern Region Under The Local Government Service

Abstract The local Government Service Act 203 of L.I 1961, was passed in 2011 and as part of its implementation, extension services at the local level was ceded to the local government service and Departments of Agriculture became units under the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies. Given the importance of extension in agricultural development at the local level, this research aimed to assess the functionality and effectiveness of Departments of Agriculture under the Local Governm...


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