Evaluating impact of participatory agricultural interventions: do we see what we want to see?

“Agricultural (research) programs without rigorous impact evaluation tend to focus on rapid testing (and rollout) of technologies with high-probability adopters to provide swift feedback to donor constituencies. Such programs also tend to favor numeric accomplishments over a deeper understanding of complex development processes with the unintended consequence of promoting solutions without strong evidence of impact >> Read more

Publication: The Volunteer Farmer-Trainer Extension Approach: A User Guide

Extension services are delivered in a variety of forms, with the ultimate aim of changing farmers’ attitudes towards applying knowledge and practices that increase productivity and income. However, how farmers gain access to knowledge and information on improved practices along the intended value chain is extremely important. An effective approach encourages farmers to change their >> Read more

How can we measure technology adoption at scale?

A workshop titled "Innovative methods for measuring adoption of agricultural technologies: Establishing proof of concept and thinking about scaling up" was held on August 3-4 in Boston, USA following the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economic Association (AAEA). The event was jointly organized by Michigan State University, the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) of the >> Read more

Workshop: Innovative methods for measuring adoption of agricultural technologies

A workshop on "Innovative methods for measuring adoption of agricultural technologies: Establishing proof of concept and thinking about scaling up" will take place on August 3-4 in Boston, USA following the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economic Association (AAEA). The event is jointly organized by Michigan State University, the Standing Panel on >> Read more

Working paper: Indicators of gendered control over agricultural resources

A guide for agricultural policy and research Women are farmers and agricultural laborers in every part of the world. They are often responsible for the storage and processing of agricultural products. In some parts of the world, they play a key role in marketing crops. In almost all contexts, they play a central role in >> Read more