Evidence from a Group-Based Aid Project in Mozambique

UNU-WIDER 2012 (88). (2012)

UNU-WIDER working paper.

Posted: 22 Aug 2014 Last revised: 7 Sep 2014

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Jukka Pirttila

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER); Tampere University of Technology

Milla Nyyssölä

Aalto University

Susanna Sandstrom

UN World Food Programme; Åbo Akademi University

Date Written: October 1, 2012


This paper evaluates the impact of an integrated rural development programme on farming techniques and food security in the Gaza area of rural Mozambique. We examine the impact of a group-based approach, in a country with few impact evaluations of technology adoption in farming. Using self-collected panel data on over 200 households from treatment and control villages from 2008-10, we examine the impact of the aid programme on people living in the treatment villages, using the difference-in-differences approach, and on those who participate in the farmers’ groups, using instrumental variables techniques. The results on farming activities and food security indicate some positive immediate impacts on technology adoption and self-reported food security.

Keywords: food security, farming techniques, fertilizer use, technology adoption, impact evaluation, Mozambique

JEL Classification: O1, O2

Suggested Citation

Pirttila, Jukka and Nyyssola, Milla and Sandstrom, Susanna, Evidence from a Group-Based Aid Project in Mozambique (October 1, 2012). UNU-WIDER 2012 (88). (2012) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2484400

Jukka Pirttila (Contact Author)

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER) ( email )

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Tampere University of Technology ( email )

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Milla Nyyssola

Aalto University ( email )

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Susanna Sandstrom

UN World Food Programme ( email )

United States

Åbo Akademi University ( email )

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Abo, Turku FIN-20500

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