Relative Efficiency of Fadama Farmers in Southwest Nigeria: An Application of Profit Function Techniques


  • V O Okoruwa Department of Agricultural Economics University of Ibadan, Ibadan
  • S O Akinleye Department of Agricultural Economics University of Ibadan, Ibadan
  • T O Mafimisebi


Relative Efficiency, Fadama Farmers, Profit Function Techniques


The study examines efficiency of small -scale fadama farmers in Southwest Nigeria. Attemptswere also made at examining the relative efficiency of the irrigated system with respect togender. Data used for the analysis were obtained from 212 farmers (145 men and 67women) practising fadama farming through a multistage sampling procedure.Results from the study show that over half of the farmers (51%) have formal education, 32%have mom than five years fadama farming experience, 46% purchase land for farming while9% have farm plots exceeding 0.8 hectares. The normalised profit function, shows that theco- efficient for seeds (as) agrochemicals (as) water (aw) fixed (/3K) and farmland (A,,,) weresignificant (Ps 0.01). The study establishes that both male and female farmers have equalallocative efficiency but differ in technical and price efficiency. The study concludes thatwomen are however more disadvantaged than men in terms of ownership and acquisitioninputs used for fadama farming.


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Okoruwa, V. O., Akinleye, S. O., & Mafimisebi, T. O. (2015). Relative Efficiency of Fadama Farmers in Southwest Nigeria: An Application of Profit Function Techniques. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 5(1). Retrieved from



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