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Does agricultural cooperative membership impact technical efficiency of maize production in Nigeria: An analysis correcting for biases from observed and unobserved attributes

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dc.contributor.author Olagunju, Kehinde Oluseyi
dc.contributor.author Ogunniyi, Adebayo Isaiah
dc.contributor.author Oyetunde-Usman, Zainab
dc.contributor.author Omotayo, Abiodun Olusola
dc.contributor.author Awotide, Bola Amoke
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-27T11:23:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-27T11:23:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-22
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12518/205
dc.identifier.citation Olagunju, K. O., Ogunniyi, A. I., Oyetunde-Usman, Z., Omotayo, A. O. and Awotide, B. A. (2021) ‘Does agricultural cooperative membership impact technical efficiency of maize production in Nigeria: An analysis correcting for biases from observed and unobserved attributes’, PLOS ONE. Edited by J. M. Martínez-Paz. Public Library of Science (PLoS), 16(1), p. e0245426. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245426 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0245426
dc.description Publication history: Accepted - 31 December 2020; Published online - 22 January 2021 en_US
dc.description.abstract The formation of agricultural cooperatives has been widely promoted as an agricultural development policy initiative to help smallholder farmers cope with multiple production and marketing challenges. Using a nationally representative survey dataset of smallholder maize producers from rural Nigeria, this study assesses the impact of agricultural cooperative membership on technical efficiency (TE). We based our estimation approach on the combination of a newly developed sample selection stochastic production frontier model with propensity score matching to control for possible selectivity biases from both observables and unobservables. We estimate stochastic meta-frontiers to examine TE differences between cooperative members and non-members. Our results reveal that TE levels of members are consistently higher than that of non-members. This calls for continued policy incentives targeted at encouraging farmers to form as well as participate in agricultural cooperatives. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.rights © 2021 Olagunju et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. en_US
dc.subject Agricultural workers en_US
dc.subject Maize en_US
dc.subject Farms en_US
dc.subject Cereal crops en_US
dc.subject Nigeria en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Seeds en_US
dc.subject Intercropping en_US
dc.title Does agricultural cooperative membership impact technical efficiency of maize production in Nigeria: An analysis correcting for biases from observed and unobserved attributes en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dcterms.dateAccepted 2020-12-31
dcterms.dateSubmitted 2020-04-17


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