Can Smallholder Extension Transform African Agriculture?

53 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2019

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Joshua W. Deutschmann

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Agricultural and Applied Economics

Maya Duru

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Kim Siegal

One Acre Fund

Emilia Tjernström

The University of Sydney - School of Economics; University of Sydney

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Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

Agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) lags far behind all other regions of the world. A long list of policy experiments has yielded more evidence on what fails than on what works. We analyze a randomized control trial of a rare scaled-up success story: One Acre Fund’s small farmer program. Much like anti-poverty "graduation" interventions, the program aims to relax multiple constraints to productivity simultaneously. We show that participation causes statistically and economically significant increases in output, yields, and profits. In our preferred specification, maize production increases by 24% and profits by 16%. We find little evidence of heterogeneous treatment effects on yields, but observe some attenuation of impacts on total output and profits at the top end of the distribution.

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Suggested Citation

Deutschmann, Joshua W. and Duru, Maya and Siegal, Kim and Tjernström, Emilia, Can Smallholder Extension Transform African Agriculture? (July 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26054, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3421253

Joshua W. Deutschmann (Contact Author)

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Maya Duru

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) ( email )

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Kim Siegal

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Emilia Tjernström

The University of Sydney - School of Economics ( email )

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