Performance of Smallholder Agriculture Under Limited Mechanization and the Fast Track Land Reform Program in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean government has long been committed to expansion of agricultural production through mechanization and pursued this goal under the unpopular fast track land reform program (FTLRP). The acquisition and use of tractors by arable crop farmers in communal and resettlement state land were encouraged. This research examines the performance of the program in the Bindura District. Ninety farmers were interviewed using a multistage sampling technique of structured questionnaires to collect data on demographic background, investment levels and production in terms of costs and returns. The Stochastic Frontier Model revealed the significant impact of the program on participating farmers, highlighting the significance of land and other productive factors. While overall production and productivity remain low, triggering a hyper-inflationary situation due to supply constraints, practical implications for agribusinesses are foreseen.


Editor(s):
IFAMR, IFAMA
Issue Date:
Nov 01 2011
Publication Type:
Journal Article
DOI and Other Identifiers:
ISSN: 1559-2448 (Other)
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/117605
Published in:
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 14, Issue 4
Page range:
85-104
Total Pages:
20
Note:
www.ifama.org
Series Statement:
Volume 14
Issue 4




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