The unequal efficiency gap : Key factors influencing women farmer's efficiency in Uganda

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Sell , M , Backman , S , TettehAnang , B & Niemi , J K 2018 , ' The unequal efficiency gap : Key factors influencing women farmer's efficiency in Uganda ' , Cogent Food & Agriculture , vol. 4 , no. 1 , 1551750 . https://doi.org/10.1080/23311932.2018.1551750

Title: The unequal efficiency gap : Key factors influencing women farmer's efficiency in Uganda
Author: Sell, Mila; Backman, Stefan; TettehAnang, Benjamin; Niemi, Jarkko K.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources
University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management
Date: 2018-11-23
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Cogent Food & Agriculture
ISSN: 2331-1932
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/298712
Abstract: There is an assumed gap in efficiency between male and female farmers. Identifying the constraints of women farmers causing the gap is essential for improving local food security and well-being. Using stochastic frontier analysis, we compare the efficiency of men, women and jointly managed maize plots in Uganda and look at factors associated with inefficiency of women. Our results show that the average technical efficiency of women is lower than that of men or jointly managed plots. However, in relation to a group-specific frontier, the women are highly efficient. Women's inefficiency is associated with several household features. The overall number of household members has a negative effect on efficiency, suggesting that women are time constrained by the efforts they put into household productive work. There also seems to be an association between efficiency and cash-crop farming, disadvantaging women who more commonly grow crops for household consumption.
Subject: Africa
Uganda
small-scale farmers
women farmers
efficiency
stochastic frontier analysis
gender gap
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY
GENDER-DIFFERENCES
EMPOWERMENT
PREFERENCES
511 Economics
4111 Agronomy
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