Academic Performance

Paper contents
Paper category國合會國際專班碩士論文
Student ID No.R96627032
Name麥路熙 (Mathias Mwayi Chipiliro Mailosi )
TitleProductivity growth for corn: A comparative analysis for selected South African economies
Graduation date2009-06
Attached file 
Reference link 
AbstractThis study aims at identifying the sources of productivity growth for corn in eleven South African economies. The Malmquist productivity growth index and its two components are calculated and regressed on various variables including fertilizer use intensity, irrigation use intensity, agricultural labor intensity, and openness to international trade. The empirical evidence suggests that the economies in the region are largely inefficient and can raise output by at least 22.4 percent and at most 62.2 percent without altering the current level of inputs and type of technologies. The results further indicate that the major source of productivity growth is technical progress rather than efficiency change. The second stage regression results show that the source of TFP change over time is mainly due to investments in fertilizer use intensity and irrigation.
BibliographyAjao, O. A (2003) “Empirical analysis of Agricultural Productivity Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa: 1961-2003”
Banda, P. S (2008) “Malawi: Irrigation promises to increase food security” All Africa.com http://allafrica.com/stories/200809120899.html
Caves, D.W, et al (1982) “Multilateral comparisons of output, input and productivity using superlative index numbers” Economic Journal, 92, 73-86
Caves, D.W., et al (1982) “The economic theory of index numbers and the measurement of input, output and productivity” Econometrica, 50, 1393-1414.
Coelli, T.J., et al (2005) An Introduction to Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Second Edition, Springer Science and Business Media, USA.
Coelli, T.J (1996) DEAP version 2.1 A Data Envelopment Analysis (Computer) Program; Center for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 2351, Australia
Chirwa, E.W (2003) “Sources of Technical Efficiency among smallholder maize farmers in Malawi”: Working paper.
Chirwa, E.W and Mwafongo, W. M (1998) “Stochastic production functions and technical efficiency of farmers in southern Malawi”: A working paper.
Chirwa, E.W (2000) “Privatization and technical efficiency: evidence from Malawi Manufacturing”: Working paper
Encyclopedia of the Nations (2009) www.nationsencyclopedia.com
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) statistics (2009) http://faostat.fao.org/
Glenn D, et al (2009) “Input Subsidies to Improve Smallholder Maize Productivity in Malawi: Toward an African Green Revolution” Plos Biology Journal 2009, January.
Helder, Z, et al (2006) “Smallholders’ cost efficiency in Mozambique: Implications for Improved Maize seed adoption” Department of Applied Economics and Management
Heston, A, et al (2006) Penn World Table version 6.2, Center for International Comparisons of Production, Income and prices at the University of Pennsylvania http://pwt.econ.upenn.edu/php_site/pwt_index.php
Kherallah, M. eta al (2009) “The road half traveled: Agricultural market reform in Sub-Saharan Africa” International food policy research institute IFPRI http://www.ifpri.org/pubs/ib/ib2.pdf
Kimhi, A (2003) “Plot Size and Maize Productivity in Zambia: The Inverse Relationship re-Examined” Paper provided by Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Agricultural Economics and Management
Limam, R.L, and Miller, S.M (2004) “Explaining Economic Growth: Factor Accumulation, Total Factor Productivity Growth and Production Efficiency Improvement”: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and university of Connecticut.
Luh, Y.H and Chang, C.C (2004) “Efficiency Change and Productivity Growth In East Asian Agriculture” Taiwanese Agricultural Review (TSSCI)
Malawi Government (2005) Second Integrated Household Survey
Malawi Government (1971) Statement of Development Policies 1971-1980, Zomba:
Government Printer
Malawi Government (1987) Statement of Development Policies 1987-1996, Zomba: Government Printer
Morris M, et al (2007) “Fertilizer use in African Agriculture: Lessons Learned and Good Practice Guidelines” World Bank Documents and Reports, 2007.
Msuya, E, et al (2008): “Explaining Productivity Variation among Smallholder Maize Farmers in Tanzania”
Mwangi, W. M. (1996) “Low use of fertilizers and low productivity in sub-Saharan Africa” Journal of Nutrient of Cycling in Agro ecosystems, volume 47, Number 2/ June, 1996 Unpublished
Nkamleu, Guy Blaise (2003): “
Ogunyinka,E.O and Langemeier M.R (2004) “Examining cross-country Agricultural Productivity Differences”: A working paper
Productivity Growth, Technical Progress and Efficiency Change in African Agriculture” African Development Review volume 16 issue 1, pp 202-222
Trueblood, M.A and Coggins, J (2003 ) “Intercountry Agricultural Efficiency and Productivity: A Malmquist Index aproach”
The United Nations (2008) World Development Report 2008,
The Wikipedia, The free encyclopedia (2009) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe
The World Bank (2007) IDA at work: Agriculture; Irrigation Efficiency gives a Boost to Tanzanian Farmers, World Resource Institute (2009) http://www.wri.org
cron web_use_log