Can Agricultural Extension and Input Support Be Discontinued? Evidence from a Randomized Phaseout in Uganda

54 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2019

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Ram Fishman

George Washington University

Stephen C. Smith

George Washington University - Department of Economics

Vida Bobic

George Washington University

Munshi Sulaiman

BRAC-Africa

Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

Many development programs are short-term interventions, either because of external funding constraints or an assumption of impact sustainability. Using a novel randomized phaseout research method, we provide experimental tests of phaseout effects of an extension program designed for women smallholder farmers in Uganda. We find that program phaseout does not diminish demand for improved seeds, as farmers shift purchases from NGO-sponsored village supply networks to market sources, indicating persistent learning effects. We find no evidence of declines in improved cultivation practices taught by the program. These results have implications for both efficient program design and for models of technology adoption.

Keywords: agricultural extension, agricultural technology adoption, food security, supply chain, subsidies, randomized phaseout, high-yielding varieties, randomized controlled trial, Uganda

JEL Classification: O13, O33, I32, Q12

Suggested Citation

Fishman, Ram and Smith, Stephen C. and Bobic, Vida and Sulaiman, Munshi, Can Agricultural Extension and Input Support Be Discontinued? Evidence from a Randomized Phaseout in Uganda (July 2019). IZA Discussion Paper No. 12476, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3427614

Ram Fishman (Contact Author)

George Washington University ( email )

Washington, D.C., DC
United States

Stephen C. Smith

George Washington University - Department of Economics ( email )

2115 G Street NW
306 Monroe Hall
Washington, DC 20052
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://www2.gwu.edu/~iiep/about/faculty/ssmith/

Vida Bobic

George Washington University ( email )

2121 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Munshi Sulaiman

BRAC-Africa ( email )

Liberia

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