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Mechanization in land preparation and agricultural intensification: The case of rice farming in the Cote d'Ivoire

Yukichi Mano (), Kazushi Takahashi and Keijiro Otsuka ()

Agricultural Economics, 2020, vol. 51, issue 6, 899-908

Abstract: It is critically important to intensify farming systems in sub‐Saharan Africa by disseminating improved agronomic practices and increasing the application of modern inputs. One of the region's problems is that proper land preparation is difficult due to the scarcity of draft animals and the underdevelopment of the tractor rental market. Our analysis of rice production in the Cote d'Ivoire reveals that farmers who use tractors in land preparation more intensively apply fertilizer and use more labor to carefully implement proper agronomic practices, thereby raising productivity. Thus, the diffusion of tractors appears to be key to the intensification of rice farming systems in sub‐Saharan Africa.

Date: 2020
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