Extension Services, Production and Welfare Evidence from a Field Experiment in Ethiopia

38 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2015

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Valentina Rotondi

Polytechnic University of Milan - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering; National Research University Higher School of Economics - Laboratory for Comparative Social Research

Jacopo Bonan

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan

Stefano Pareglio

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Date Written: October 23, 2015

Abstract

The paper assesses the impact of a small-scale agricultural extension project implemented in rural Ethiopia and aimed at introducing the cultivation of horticultural gardens along with some innovative techniques, products and inputs. Our main outcome of interest is the level of adoption of new horticultural products. We also assess the consequent impacts on the level of revenues from sale and diet diversification. We use a mixed impact evaluation design combining across-villages comparisons, through difference-in-differences estimations, with a within village randomized control trial. To this aim, we make use of micro-data collected through surveys administered to 602 households in two time periods (2013 and 2014). We find that the project contributes to production diversification as the number of households growing vegetables increases by about 30%. Overall, such changes do not seem to influence in a relevant way the total revenues from sales of agricultural products and do not consequently affect household welfare. We do not find significant changes in the consumption of vegetables and only marginal increase in fruit uptake. This leads to an overall irrelevant impact on diet diversification.

Keywords: Rural Development, Extension Service, Home Gardening, Food Security, Nutrition

JEL Classification: D04, O13, Q16

Suggested Citation

Rotondi, Valentina and Bonan, Jacopo and Pareglio, Stefano, Extension Services, Production and Welfare Evidence from a Field Experiment in Ethiopia (October 23, 2015). University of Milan Bicocca Department of Economics, Management and Statistics Working Paper No. 312. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2678961 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2678961

Valentina Rotondi (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Milan - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering ( email )

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Milano, 20156
Italy

National Research University Higher School of Economics - Laboratory for Comparative Social Research ( email )

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Saint-Petersburg, 190068
Russia

Jacopo Bonan

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan ( email )

Corso Magenta 63
20123 Milan
Italy

Stefano Pareglio

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

Milan, Milan
Italy

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