Technical efficiency impact of participating in development interventions of the vegetableoil subsector among sunflower producers

Published: 27 April 2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/npbhphx33r.1
Toma Mamgbi Zozimo,


A key policy concern in African agriculture is low productivity even when new technologies are generated, disseminated and adopted among farmers. This study used a cross-sectional dataset from a sample of 202 sunflower farmers drawn from Northern Uganda to determine technical efficiency and assess the influence of farm management capabilities, development intervention and socio-economic factors on technical efficiency. Results reveal that technical inefficiency among sunflower farmers account for 81% of farm-level output. Further, farm management capabilities (P<0.01), participation in development interventions (P<0.01) and reliance on certified seeds (P<0.01) significantly reduce farmer inefficiency and thus, improve technical efficiency. The study highlights that focusing on farm management capabilities to improve farm efficiency is more cost-saving for realizing economic gains in sunflower production than introducing new technologies. We recommend a policy focus on using approaches such as farmer field schools that ensures farmer advisory services at all critical stages of crop growth.



Gulu University Faculty of Agriculture and Environment


Applied Economics