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Productivity growth in agriculture: an international perspective.

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This volume is written primarily for agricultural economists doing research on productivity. It includes discussions of the theoretical underpinnings of productivity measurement as well as the many practical considerations that go into translating this theory into actual measures of aggregated outputs and inputs. The unifying concept of agricultural productivity used across the chapters of this vo...


Chapter 14 (Page no: 293)

South African agricultural production and investment patterns.

This chapter reassesses agricultural productivity growth in South Africa. It finds that the statistical reporting of South African agriculture was heavily influenced by the country's past racial policies: agricultural data largely focused on white-owned commercial farms and gave inconsistent coverage of semi-subsistence black-owned farms (which were restricted to certain areas of the country). Thus, past measures of productivity performance mostly refer to the commercial sector, and could give a distorted view of the country's agriculture as a whole. The chapter also finds evidence of stagnation in South African agricultural total factor productivity (TFP), which is attributed to reduced public investment in the sector, particularly in agricultural research.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction to productivity growth in agriculture. Author(s): Fuglie, K. O. Wang, S. L. Ball, V. E.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 13) Accounting for the impact of local and spill-in public research, extension and roads on US regional agricultural productivity, 1980-2004. Author(s): Wang, S. L. Ball, V. E. Fulginiti, L. E. Plastina, A.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 33) Measurement of Canadian agricultural productivity growth. Author(s): Cahill, S. A. Rich, T.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 73) Measuring productivity of the Australian broadacre and dairy industries: concepts, methodology and data. Author(s): Zhao ShiJi Sheng Yu Gray, E. M.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 109) Is agricultural productivity growth slowing in Western Europe? Author(s): Wang, S. L. Schimmelpfennig, D. Fuglie, K. O.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 127) Agricultural productivity paths in Central and Eastern European countries and the former Soviet Union: the role of reforms, initial conditions and induced technological change. Author(s): Swinnen, J. Herck, K. van Vranken, L.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 145) Total factor productivity in Brazilian agriculture. Author(s): Gasques, J. G. Bastos, E. T. Valdes, C. Bacchi, M. R. P.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 163) Agricultural productivity in China: national and regional growth patterns, 1993-2005. Author(s): Tong, H. Z. Fulginiti, L. E. Sesmero, J. P.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 181) Structural transformation and agricultural productivity in India. Author(s): Binswanger-Mkhize, H. P. d'Souza, A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 199) Shifting sources of agricultural growth in Indonesia: a regional analysis. Author(s): Rada, N. E. Fuglie, K. O.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 215) Total factor productivity in Thai agriculture: measurement and determinants. Author(s): Suphannachart, W. Warr, P.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 237) Constraints to raising agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa. Author(s): Fuglie, K. O. Rada, N. E.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 273) Agricultural productivity and policy changes in sub-Saharan Africa. Author(s): Nin-Pratt, A. Yu, B. X.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 313) Measures of fixed capital in agriculture. Author(s): Butzer, R. Mundlak, Y. Larson, D. F.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 335) Productivity growth and technology capital in the global agricultural economy. Author(s): Fuglie, K. O.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20 Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028, South Africa.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2012
  • ISBN
  • 9781845939212
  • Record Number
  • 20123305105