Sustainable agricultural intensification in Malawi: An economic analysis of productive efficiency and adoption

Robertson Richards Bisani Khataza

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Recently, sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI), which requires balancing of agricultural productivity and environmental quality, has received greater interest among researchers and policy makers globally. Using data from Malawi, this thesis has explored the value of SAI technologies through the formulation, estimation, and interpretation of: 1) performance or productive efficiency of SAI component technologies; 2) social preference and speed of adoption; and 3) substitution possibilities and trade-off between biological soil amendments and chemical fertiliser. Overall, the results highlight the need for: 1) improved farm management to reduce inefficiency and; 2) policy mechanisms to incentivise farmers to effectively adopt resource-conserving SAI technologies.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Hailu, Atakelty, Supervisor
  • Kragt, Marit, Supervisor
  • Doole, Graeme John, Supervisor
Award date20 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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