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Should African rural development strategies depend on smallholder farms ? an exploration of the inverse productivity hypothesis (English)

In Africa, most development strategies include efforts to improve the productivity of staple crops grown on smallholder farms. An underlying premise is that small farms are productive in the African context and that smallholders do not forgo economies of scale -- a premise supported by the often observed phenomenon that staple cereal yields decline as the scale of production increases. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6190 SEP 01, 2012

Larson, Donald F.; Otsuka, Keijiro; Matsumoto, Tomoya; Kilic, Talip

Soil fertility, fertilizer, and the maize green revolution in East Africa (English)

This paper investigates the reasons for the low application of external fertilizers on farms in Kenya and Uganda. The analysis uses a large panel of household data with rich soil fertility data at the plot level. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5158 DEC 01, 2009

Matsumoto, Tomoya; Yamano, Takashi