Analysis of Technical Efficiency of Sorghum Product ion in Lower Eastern Kenya: A Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) ap proach
Nyamwaro, Sospeter O.
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There has been an increase in food insecurity probl em in ASALs of Kenya and this has necessitated a re newed interest in promoting drought-tolerant crops such a s sorghum, among smallholder farmers in these regio ns. Promotion of such crops as sorghum has been emphasi zed in these regions but the yields are low. Using a field survey data of randomly selected sample of 143 smal lholder farmers in Machakos and Makindu districts i n Kenya this paper used DEA approach to estimate thei r technical efficiency scores. Results showed that the average technical efficiency was low, 41%. Innovati ve arrangements should be enhanced to increase farm ers’ capacity to efficiently use the available resources in sorghum production.