Effect of farm size on farm productivity: empirical evidences from India

Anupama, G V and Falk, T (2018) Effect of farm size on farm productivity: empirical evidences from India. In: Proceedings of Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World, March 19-23, 2018, Washington, USA.

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Our study provides evidence on land tenure related issues in India. We use the Village Dynamics in South Asia (VDSA) panel dataset for the years 2010 to 2015 covering 1129 households in 9 states of India. We specifically test two hypotheses: 1) plot size is positively related to farm productivity; 2) owner operated lands have higher farm productivity. We calculate Hierarchical Mixed Effects Models in order to take the nested structure of the data into account. Transformation parameters are included in order to accommodate non-linear relationships between our variables. Our results confirm a positive relation between the average plot size and the agricultural productivity from cultivation. They provide supporting arguments for key aspects of ongoing land reform processes in India. In particular the land consolidation and ceiling policies should support an increase in agricultural productivity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Farm size, farm productivity, Village Dynamics in South Asia, VDSA panel dataset, agricultural productivity, Indian agriculture, land ownership, land consolidation, small farmers
Subjects: Others > Smallholder Farmers
Others > Smallholder Agriculture
Others > Indian Agriculture
Others > Agricultural Economics
Others > Village Dynamics Studies
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2018 06:51
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2018 06:51
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/10741
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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