Agricultural Extension and Technology Adoption for Food Security: Evidence from Uganda

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Yao Pan

Aalto University - Department of Economics

Stephen C. Smith

George Washington University - Department of Economics

Munshi Sulaiman

BRAC-Africa

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Date Written: July 2018

Abstract

We evaluate causal impacts of a large‐scale agricultural extension program for smallholder women farmers on technology adoption and food security in Uganda through a regression discontinuity design that exploits an arbitrary distance‐to‐branch threshold for village program eligibility. We find eligible farmers used better basic cultivation methods, achieved improved food security. Given minimal changes in adoption of relatively expensive inputs, we attribute these gains to improved cultivation methods that require low upfront monetary investment. Farmers also modified their shock‐coping methods. These results highlight the role of information and training in boosting agricultural productivity among poor farmers and, indirectly, improving food security.

Keywords: Agriculture, agricultural technology adoption, extension, food security, information, regression discontinuity, training, Uganda

Suggested Citation

Pan, Yao and Smith, Stephen C. and Sulaiman, Munshi, Agricultural Extension and Technology Adoption for Food Security: Evidence from Uganda (July 2018). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 100, Issue 4, pp. 1012-1031, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3577973 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aay012

Yao Pan (Contact Author)

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Stephen C. Smith

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Munshi Sulaiman

BRAC-Africa ( email )

Liberia

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