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More than half of the total extremely poor people in the world live in the major rice producing areas of Asia and Africa; rice is their staple. Enhancement of technical efficiency in producing rice in major rice producing countries of Asia and Africa can have tremendous positive impact on income of farm household, alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of millions in these countries. Using Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) data from Bangladesh and stochastic frontier production function estimation approach, we examine the technical efficiency of the rice farmers in Bangladesh. Further, we determine the factors that affect the level of efficiency at the farm level. Results indicate that while drought leads to a significant loss in rice production, floods is a major source of technical inefficiency in rice farming in Bangladesh. We also found that the extent of basic infrastructure can also affect rice production efficiency. Policies are suggested based on the empirical findings.

Keywords: rice ; efficiency ; stochastic production function ; farm household ; drought ; submergence

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Crop Production/Industries

Food Security and Poverty

Production Economics

Issue Date: 2014-01

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/162543

Total Pages: 23

JEL Codes: Q12; D24

Record appears in: Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA) > 2014 Annual Meeting, February 1-4, 2014, Dallas, Texas

Autor: Mottaleb, Khandoker ; Khanal, Aditya R. ; Mishra, Ashok ; Mohanty, Samrendu

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/162543?ln=en

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