An evidence-based relationship between technical assistance and productivity in cocoa from Tocache, Peru

Angie Higuchi, Daniel Coq-Huelva, Cristian Vasco, Rafaela Alfalla-Luque, Rocío Maehara

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Abstract

The growth of small-scale Peruvian farmers is highly dependent on cocoa factor productivity. Agricultural extension programs can help to improve farm productivity using available resources. Thus, the objective of this study is to estimate the productivity of Peruvian cocoa farming and identify if frequent technical assistance impacts on farmers’ technical efficiency. The data came from a survey of 379 cocoa farmers in Tocache, San Martin (177 producers who sell through intermediaries and 202 who are cooperative members), conducted between January and June 2015. This article is supported by the interaction of two associated techniques: the production function and the technical efficiency technique based on stochastic frontier analysis (SFA). The key findings were that the estimated coefficients for labor, capital, land and fertilizer were positive to cocoa production. Our outcomes also show there is a (marginally) significant relationship between technical assistance and technical efficiency (p-value<10%). There is also a positive relationship between efficiency and other socioeconomic characteristics of being a male, having experience in cocoa cultivation and practicing non-diversification in other crops. Policymakers could consider these results to improve farm management systems and, therefore, the competitiveness of the cocoa plantations in the Peruvian Amazonia.
Translated title of the contributionRelación basada en evidencia entre la asistencia técnica y la productividad en el cacao de Tocache, Peru
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere253614
Number of pages19
JournalRevista de Economia e Sociologia Rural
Volume61
Issue number1
Early online date25 Feb 2022
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - 25 Feb 2022

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