African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AfJARE)

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The AfJARE publishes original research on African agriculture and its interaction with local and global economic systems and policy regimes and their impact on welfare and inclusive economic growth.

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Effect of targeted fertilizer subsidy on poverty reduction in Togo


Ismaïla Ganiyou and Koffi Yovo

The reintroduction of innovative forms of input subsidies in SSA following the food crisis of 2008 raises the question of their effectiveness in the fight against poverty. In this context, this paper examined the effect of the targeted fertilizer subsidy implemented in Togo from 2017-2019. The propensity score matching approach was used to control for p…...

Agricultural R&D investments and policy development goals in sub-Saharan Africa: Assessing prioritization of value chains in Senegal


Rui M Benfica and Rui Benfica

This paper looks at the prioritization of agricultural value chains (VCs) for the allocation of R&D resources that maximize development outcomes (poverty, growth, jobs, and diets). Considering that growth in VCs affect those outcomes differently, as expansion pathways result in the diverse use of production factors and inputs, trade-offs from linkages a…...

Loan syndication and cocoa production: Evidence from Ghana


James Ntiamoah Doku, Raymond K. Dziwornu, Richard Agbanyo and Joyce Owusuaa Awuletey

Syndication of loan is an innovative financing model that has emerged in the financial landscapes to help lenders spread risk and share opportunity. This study examined the relationship between syndicated loan and cocoa production in Ghana, using annual time series data spanning from 1993 to 2020 and obtained from the Bank of Ghana annual reports and Gh…...

Influence of Proximity to and Type of Foraging Habitat on Value of Insect Pollination in the Tropics; with applications to Kenya


Richard Mulwa, Richard Mulwa, Juha Siikamaki, Michael Ndwiga and Jessica Alvsilver

Insect pollination improves yield of most crop species and contributes to one-third of global crop production. The importance of this ecosystem service in improving agricultural production has, however, been largely overlooked in favour of practices that improve soil conditions such as fertilizer use and supplementary irrigation. Using economic modeling…...

Is cowpea a 'women’s crop' in Mali? Implications for value chain development


Melinda Smale, Veronique Theriault, Andrea Allen and Mamadou Sissoko

Cowpea, produced primarily in West Africa, is valued locally for its agronomic benefits in dryland farming, nutritional content, and contribution to the livelihoods of farming families. Many consider that more investment in cowpea research and development is needed for the crop to achieve its economic potential. Cowpea has long been labeled a “women’s c…...

Economic analysis of yellow passion fruit production in southeastern Nigeria under different soil fertility management


Okorie Okoro Ndukwe, Chinyere Charity Okeke and Paul Kayode Baiyeri

Three experiments were conducted (2014-2018) to examine the economics of yellow passion fruit production under different soil fertility managements. In 2014, two genotypes (Conventional and KPF-4) were grown in the field and pot simultaneously, under varying rates of poultry manure (PM). In 2016, response of the two genotypes to combined application of …...

Effect of economic policy uncertainty on agricultural growth in nigeria


Lydia N. Kotur and Goodness C. Aye

This study analysed the long and short run effect of economic policy uncertainty on agricultural growth in Nigeria. Annual data were collected from secondary sources and analysed using, autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) model and the associated Bounds test. The highest volatility is exhibited by monetary policy uncertainty (MPU) (2.522) followed by …...

Influence of agricultural extension services on technical efficiency of maize farmers in Malawi


Aubrey Jolex

Recognising potential selection bias due to non-randomness of the data, this study used propensity score matching on data from a nationally representative fifth Integrated Household Survey (IHS5) to investigate the effect of agriculture extension services on the technical efficiency of maize farmers in Malawi. Technical efficiency levels were estimated…...

Asymmetry and transmission of international price shocks of cocoa and coffee in Togo


Koffi Yovo and Kokou Edoh Adabe

This study assesses the mechanism of the transmission of international price shocks to producer prices of coffee and cocoa in Togo. A threshold autoregressive (TAR) model was estimated using monthly series of international and producer prices of coffee and cocoa in Togo from 1994 to 2018. The results show that there is asymmetric transmission of interna…...

Stakeholders’ perspectives on the use of black soldier fly larvae as an alternative sustainable feed ingredient in aquaculture, Kenya


Kevin Okoth Ouko, Adrian Wekulo Mukhebi, Kevin Odhiambo Obiero, Florence Achieng Opondo, Charles Adino Ngo’ng’a and Dennis Ouma Ongor

The use of novel feed ingredients from aquaculture is growing globally. However, their contributions to scalable and sustainable aquafeed solutions are unclear. New ingredients for feeds are desired in the framework of sustainability and a circular economy; thus, initiatives for implementing such novel ingredients are of interest to agricultural practit…...

Opportunity cost of adopting improved planted forage: Evidence from the adoption of Brachiaria grass among smallholder dairy farmers in Kenya


Kevin W. Maina, Cecilia N. Ritho, Ben A. Lukuyu and Elizaphan James O. Rao

Current global trends in population growth, urbanisation and a growing middle-class economy have resulted in increased demand for livestock and products, and more so dairy products. This necessitates the need for livestock producers to respond to the growing demand. However, farmers’ efforts are aggravated by the effects of climate change. The need aris…...

Understanding consumer attitudes to and valuation of organic food in Sub-Saharan Africa: A double-bound contingent method applied in Dakar, Senegal


Abdoulaye Seck and Djiby Racine Thiam

Although organic farming is increasingly perceived as a viable alternative to conventional agriculture in the face of deteriorating environmental ecosystems, little is known about consumers’ preferences for organic products in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper bridges this gap in research and investigates the extent to which consumers value organic food in…...

Trade liberalisation in Kenya: A modelling linkage for wheat and maize


Tracy Davids, Julian Binfield, Pierre Boulanger, Hasan Dudu, Emanuele Ferrari and Alfredo Mainar-Causapé

Kenya has become a driving force of trade integration at the regional and continental level, albeit that this process is still incomplete. Kenya was the first nation, along with Ghana, to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in May 2018, as it was already engaged with its main trading partners. Trade policy can generate mixe…...

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