Technical efficiency in African agriculture: Is it catching up or lagging behind?

Amin Mugera, A. Ojede

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    Abstract

    This article uses recent advances in data envelopment analysis, bootstrap data envelopment analysis, to investigate whether technical efficiency in the agricultural sector of 33 African countries improved (catching up) for the period 1966-2001. We also investigate whether there is evidence of efficiency catching-up within the five regions of Central, Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Africa. Overall, the results show no evidence for efficiency catching-up in the entire sample. However, efficiency differed across countries and regions with evidence of catching-up within the East African countries. Our analyses point to the need for policies that improve technological uptake in African agriculture. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)779-795
    JournalJournal of International Development
    Volume26
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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