The less than sweet solution to Fiji's sugar industry problems

Mahadevan, Renuka (2009) The less than sweet solution to Fiji's sugar industry problems. Journal of International Development, 21 1: 126-136. doi:10.1002/jid.1481

Author Mahadevan, Renuka
Title The less than sweet solution to Fiji's sugar industry problems
Journal name Journal of International Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0954-1748
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jid.1481
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 126
End page 136
Total pages 10
Editor H. Johnson
P. Mosley
Place of publication West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Subject 140201 Agricultural Economics
910210 Production
Abstract The loss of EU sugar preferences at the end of 2007 has made the push for reform more urgent than ever in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Fiji as a case study is useful to understand the difficulties faced in being competitive in the global market without the sugar subsidy. Using farm level survey, it was found that on average, technical efficiency (TE) was only about 72%, and that farm size should be expanded to gain from returns to scale. Empirical investigation and discussion shows that low efficiency is caused by lack of land tenure, poor infrastructural support, inefficiency in sugar institutions and the inadequate adoption of best farm practices. It is evident that the tight vertical integration of the industry necessitates an integrated and holistic approach to policy implementation.
Keyword Technical efficiency
Stochastic production frontier
Land tenure
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published Online: 1 Oct 2008 JEL classification numbers: C13, 013, Q15

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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