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Title:Economies of Scale and Technical Efficiency: A Case Study in Tea Production
Author:Etherington, Dan M.
Periodical:East African Journal of Rural Development
Geographic term:Kenya
Economics and Trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Abstract:Examined is how far tea farmers in Kenya can profit by the advantages of the traditional small-scale production method, as vell as by the benefits of large-scale production techniques. The Kenya experience with smallholder tea production shows that, despite the fact that large-scale complementary inputs contribute to its successful development, the factor of the social milieu, namely the dispersal of the smallholder schemes, may keep the production at a low level. Besides, one has to realize that differences in managerial efficiency of the farmers, thwart the effect of the benefits of economies of scale. Parts of the article: Introduction - Large-scale estates and smallholders - The Kenya experience - Economies of scale or technical efficiency - Summary and conclusions. Notes, tables, fig., ref.