Agri 2022

Evaluation of water-user techincal efficiency in smallholder irrigation schemes in kwazulu-natal province, south africa: a stochastic meta-frontier analysis

Lerato Phali

Lerato Phali, Speaker at Agriculture Conferences 2022
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Title : Evaluation of water-user techincal efficiency in smallholder irrigation schemes in kwazulu-natal province, south africa: a stochastic meta-frontier analysis

Abstract:

Smallholder Irrigation Schemes (SIS) are pivotal in sustaining livelihoods, creating employment, and enhancing food security in rural communities of South Africa.  However, despite the revitalization and rehabilitation of SIS by the government, the performance of farmers is still below par. This study evaluates the performance of water-users across four SIS in KwaZulu-Natal Province. Technical Efficiency was evaluated using the Stochastic Meta-Frontier Analysis method which measured the overall efficiency across 306 households. The efficiency model results showed that governance index, psychological capital, land tenure security, credit access and gender affect water-users’ technical efficiency. The study concludes that interventions should be geared towards strengthening institutions and the empowerment of farmers through relevant training and access to credit. Furthermore, adequacy of water and its availability in the schemes should be improved to ensure the productivity of water use and enhancement of food security.

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