Technical Efficiency of Teff Farms Controlling for Neighborhood effects in Ethiopia

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Asmiro Abeje FikaduTesfaye Berhanu Woldeyohanes

Abstract

Teff can be called the lifeblood of the majority of Ethiopians. However, Teff production is constrained by farmers’ own and neighbor farmers’ socioeconomic, demographic, intuitional, and farm characteristics that decrease Teff productivity. To fill this gap, a combination of modern technologies with a better level of farm efficiency becomes indispensable. Hence, this study aims to examine the technical efficiency of Teff farms controlling for neighborhood effects in Ethiopia using 858 Teff farmers. The stochastic frontier translog production and Spatial Lagged Explanatory (SLX) models are estimated using two waves of panel data from the Ethiopian socioeconomic survey. The unobserved heterogeneity has been controlled for by a correlated random effect estimation. The results show that the average technical efficiency of Teff farm is 78.5%, indicating that farmers have about 21.5% likelihood for improving their Teff farm efficiency, averagely. Besides, the estimated correlated random effect of the spatial lagged explanatory model indicates that gender, age, education, family size, community participation, planting method, average neighbors' community participation, average neighbors' planting method, average neighbors' mineral fer...Continue Reading

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