Smallholder maize production in sub-Saharan Africa is often characterised by low productivity associated with soil degradation and climate variability. An emerging consensus among policymakers is that sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) practices have the potential to raise productivity with minimum environmental damage. However, empirical evidence supporting this claim is scarce. Applying stochastic frontier and multivariate probit methods, this study demonstrates that SAI practices implemented sufficiently as packages are effective in raising the production and cost efficiency of smallholder maize producers in Ethiopia. The results have policy implications for ensuring food security and environmental sustainability goals in developing countries.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||9 Sep 2019|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2019|