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Composite effects of human, natural and social capitals on sustainable food-crop farming in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tuan Nguyen-Anh, Chinh Hoang-Duc, Tuyen Tiet, Phu Nguyen-Van and Nguyen To-The

No 2022-13, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: This study analyzes the spontaneous impact of human, social and natural capital on food crop technical efficiency (TE) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Our study contributes to the literature by adopting the meta-analysis method to investigate the relationship between TE and the three groups of capitals to better shed light on the TE in SSA regions. Our results highlight that social capital is the most critical factor among the three groups of capitals in promoting farming productivity. In particular, agriculture efficiency benefits from increasing people’s trust in institutions and the frequency of extension visits. Natural capital like temperature and elevation is essential in determining the farming TE in SSA regions. Outstandingly, our results also indicate that calorie intake, a proxy of labor quality, should be improved to achieve better productivity.

Keywords: Farming technical efficiency; Human capital; Meta-analysis; Natural capital; Social capital; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 Q12 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 52 pages
Date: 2022
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-agr, nep-dev, nep-env and nep-soc
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