Does Fertilizer Education Program Increase the Technical Efficiency of Chemical Fertilizer Use? Evidence from Wheat Production in China

dc.contributor.author Wang, Pingping
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Wendong
dc.contributor.author Li, Minghao
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Wendong
dc.contributor.author Han, Yijun
dc.contributor.department Economics
dc.contributor.department Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
dc.date 2019-11-18T21:33:29.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T02:08:55Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T02:08:55Z
dc.date.copyright Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2019
dc.date.issued 2019-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Farmers in China and many other developing countries suffer from low technical efficiency of chemical fertilizer use, which leads to excessive nutrient runoff and other environmental problems. A major cause of the low efficiency is lack of science-based information and recommendations for nutrient application. In response, the Chinese government launched an ambitious nationwide program called the “Soil Testing and Fertilizer Recommendation Project” (STFRP) in 2005 to increase the efficiency of chemical fertilizer use. However, there has been no systematic evaluation of this program. Using data from a nationally representative household survey, and using wheat as an example, this paper first quantifies the technical efficiency of chemical fertilizer use (TEFU) by conducting stochastic frontier analysis (SFA), then evaluates the impact of STFRP on the TEFU using a generalized difference-in-difference approach. We found that STFRP, on average, increased TEFU in wheat production by about 4%, which was robust across various robustness checks. The lessons learned from STFRP will be valuable for China’s future outreach efforts, as well as for other countries considering similar nutrient management policies.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is published as Wang, Pingping, Wendong Zhang, Minghao Li, and Yijun Han. "Does Fertilizer Education Program Increase the Technical Efficiency of Chemical Fertilizer Use? Evidence from Wheat Production in China." <em>Sustainability</em> 11, no. 2 (2019): 543. doi: <a href="https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020543">10.3390/su11020543</a>. </p>
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dc.source.uri 10.3390/su11020543
dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural and Resource Economics
dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural Education
dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.keywords technical efficiency of chemical fertilizer use
dc.subject.keywords nutrient management
dc.subject.keywords difference-in-difference (DID)
dc.subject.keywords stochastic frontier analysis (SFA)
dc.subject.keywords agricultural input efficiency
dc.subject.keywords China
dc.title Does Fertilizer Education Program Increase the Technical Efficiency of Chemical Fertilizer Use? Evidence from Wheat Production in China
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