An analytical and empirical examination of the factors responsible for agricultural underdevelopment in Rhodesia. The analysis is based on survey data from two agricultural areas, Chiwesha Reserve and Mt. Darwin Native Purchase Areas. Production functions are fitted for each of the three major crops in each area, using analysis of covariance. Management is explicitly introduced into the production function. Results and implications of the study are presented. The authors suggest that, although the analysis is based on specific factors in Rhodesia, it may relevant to agricultural problems throughout Africa, and possibly to other parts of the underdeveloped world.
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