Agricultural productivity and food security of rice producing households: An empirical investigation in Ghana

Rebecca Owusu Coffie

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Abstract

We investigate the level and determinants of technical efficiency in rice production and technology characteristics that drive
farmers' technology choice, using advanced production frontier and discrete choice experiment (CE) models. Data used are
from a survey of farmers in two regions of Ghana. Bayesian stochastic metafrontler (BMF) approaches are used to decompose
Inefficiency into technical and technological gaps. Results showed that inefficiency is the primary driver of low productivity in
Ghana. The CE model estimates revealed that technology characteristics influence choice and that food insecure farmers
preferred different technologies to food secure farmers. Policy Implications are presented in the thesis.
Declaration
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date18 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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