Assessing the impact of crop specialization on farms’ performance in vegetables farming in Benin:

a non-neutral stochastic frontier approach

Alphonse G. Singbo, Grigorios Emvalomatis, Oude Lansink Alfons

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    Abstract

    A non-neutral stochastic distance function model is used to examine whether output specialization has an impact on the economic performance of vegetable producers in Benin. Specialization is assumed to have an effect on the production frontier and on the distance to the production frontier (technical inefficiency). The technology is found to exhibit diseconomies of scope, indicating that vegetable producers have an incentive for specialization. At the same time, the degree of specialization has a positive effect on technical efficiency. From a policy perspective, the findings imply that current government policies to encourage diversification may lead to a lower performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages28
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventAgricultural and Applied Economics Assocation 2103 AAEA & CAES joint Annual meeting - Washington, United States
    Duration: 4 Aug 20136 Aug 2013
    http://www.aaea.org/2012am

    Conference

    ConferenceAgricultural and Applied Economics Assocation 2103 AAEA & CAES joint Annual meeting
    Abbreviated titleAAEA
    CountryUnited States
    CityWashington
    Period4/08/136/08/13
    Internet address

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    Vegetables
    Benin
    Crops
    Farming
    Farm
    Stochastic frontier approach
    Production frontier
    Distance function
    Technical inefficiency
    Economic performance
    Diversification
    Technical efficiency
    Incentives
    Government policy

    Keywords

    • Farm performance
    • Specialization
    • Impact
    • Input distance function
    • Non-neutral stochastic frontier

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    Singbo, A. G., Emvalomatis, G., & Alfons, O. L. (2012). Assessing the impact of crop specialization on farms’ performance in vegetables farming in Benin: a non-neutral stochastic frontier approach. Paper presented at Agricultural and Applied Economics Assocation 2103 AAEA & CAES joint Annual meeting, Washington, United States.
    Singbo, Alphonse G. ; Emvalomatis, Grigorios ; Alfons, Oude Lansink. / Assessing the impact of crop specialization on farms’ performance in vegetables farming in Benin: a non-neutral stochastic frontier approach. Paper presented at Agricultural and Applied Economics Assocation 2103 AAEA & CAES joint Annual meeting, Washington, United States.28 p.
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