Improving Agricultural Technology Adoption

Policy lessons from the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative

Speaker: Ben Jaques-Leslie, Agriculture Program Manager, J-Pal
Date: 6 February, 3.30-5 p.m.
Venue: 3ie, Rectangle One, 2nd Floor, 202-203, D-4 Saket District Centre, Saket, New Delhi -110017

Do agricultural profits increase when there is access to capital? Are risk-mitigating crops more effective than agricultural insurance? Can information lead to changes in farming practices? To answer these questions, the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative reviewed the economic literature in agriculture and developed a series of policy lessons. They also examined the effectiveness of interventions in promoting profitable agricultural technology adoption and its impact on smallholder farmers.

These lessons, developed in collaboration with Rachel Glennerster, J-PAL, Craig McIntosh, University of California, San Diego and Chris Udry, Yale University, focus on the impact of the interventions on farmers in South Asia and Africa.

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