Farm Size and Nigeria Agriculture: A Meta-Analysis


This study investigated the Meta factors that accentuate farm size over a nine year period (2003-2011) using data obtained from final year projects report in Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna. The model was estimated through OLS on four functional forms. The result indicated that the variation of farm size was not adequately captured by the model although studies conducted in Zone 1 of Niger State and average farm income were found to give a higher and significant increase in farm size while data year and number of observations used in the base research are found to reduce farm size significantly. Farmers in other zones of Niger State as well as other parts of Nigeria should strive towards larger farm size and move towards commercialisation.

13th National Conference of the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists, Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University Ife between 25th and 28th September
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Meta-analysis Box-Cox transformation Data year
Job Nmadu
Professor of Agricultural Economics and Dean, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology

Research interests are economic efficiencies of small scale farming and welfare effects of agricultural interventions.