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.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||20 Dec 2017|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|