Sending Farmers Back to School: The Impact of Farmer Field Schools in Indonesia

Posted: 6 Jul 2004

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Gershon Feder

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Rinku Murgai

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Jaime Quizon

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC)

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the impact of farmer field schools, an intensive participatory training program emphasizing integrated pest management. The evaluation focuses on whether program participation has improved yields and reduced pesticide use among graduates and their neighbors who may have gained knowledge from graduates through informal communications. The study utilizes panel data covering 1991-99 in Indonesia. The analysis, employing a modified "difference-in-differences" model, indicates that the program did not have significant impacts on the performance of graduates and their neighbors. Several plausible explanations for this outcome are discussed, and recommendations for improvements are suggested.

Suggested Citation

Feder, Gershon and Murgai, Rinku and Quizon, Jaime, Sending Farmers Back to School: The Impact of Farmer Field Schools in Indonesia. Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 45-62, February 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=548084

Gershon Feder (Contact Author)

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Rinku Murgai

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Jaime Quizon

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC) ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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