TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY IN AFRICAN AGRICULTURE: IS IT CATCHING UP OR LAGGING BEHIND?
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 26, Issue 6, pages 779–795, August 2014
How to Cite
2014), TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY IN AFRICAN AGRICULTURE: IS IT CATCHING UP OR LAGGING BEHIND?, Int J Health Plann Mgmt, 26, 779–795. doi: 10.1002/jid.2907and (
- Issue published online: 6 AUG 2014
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 31 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 2 SEP 2012
- technical efficiency;
- data envelopment analysis;
- catching up;
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. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.