Technical Efficiency Analysis of Pineapple Production in the Eastern Region of Ghana: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) Approach
Henry de Graft Acquah and Emmanuel Kumashie
Institute of Development Studies, University of Cape Coast Cape Coast, Ghana
Please cite the paper as:
Henry de Graft Acquah and Emmanuel Kumashie, (2016), Technical Efficiency Analysis of Pineapple Production in the Eastern Region of Ghana: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) Approach, World Economics Association (WEA) Conferences, No. 2 2016, Food and Justice, 5th November to 15th December 2016
The study examines the technical efficiency level of pineapple farmers and the factors that influence technical efficiency in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Two hundred and seventy one pineapple farmers were selected through a two stage sampling technique. A structured interview schedule was used to gather data relating to farm and farmer specific variables, inputs and output levels. The Data Envelopment Analysis was used to estimate the technical efficiency score. Findings from the study showed that pineapple farmers in the Region were not producing at the optimal level and that 85.85% of pineapple output was not realized as a result of inefficiencies in production. Also, sex, experience, access to credit, use of plastic mulch, and GlobalGAP certification were the factors that influenced technical efficiency in pineapple production.