Analysis of technical efficiency of smallholder maize farmers in Northern lao PDR: Case study of paklay district, sayaboury province

Vanisaveth Viengpasith, Mitsuyasu Yabe, Goshi Sato

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This study estimated the level of technical efficiency of smallholder maize farmers in Paklay district, Sayaboury province, Lao People's Democratic Republic. Primary data for the study was collected through the use of a set of structured questionnaires administered to 178 smallholder maize farmers in three villages in the study area. A stochastic frontier production function was used to estimate technical efficiency and to identify socioeconomic characteristics influencing technical efficiency in maize production. The key finding was that the mean technical efficiency of smallholder maize farmers was 85%. Major contributing factors to technical efficiency were educational levels, experience, farm size, agricultural group membership, and credit access.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-315
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
Volume57
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2012

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Laos
Zea mays
farmers
case studies
corn
production functions
farm size
credit
educational status
villages
socioeconomics
questionnaires
Farmers

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  • Biotechnology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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