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

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  • Yao Pan

  • Stephen C. Smith
  • Munshi Sulaiman

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  • Save the Children
  • George Washington University


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.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1012-1031
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Agriculture, agricultural technology adoption, extension, food security, information, regression discontinuity, training, Uganda, FARMER FIELD SCHOOLS, REGRESSION-DISCONTINUITY DESIGN, WEED MANAGEMENT, PEST-MANAGEMENT, BURKINA-FASO, SRI-LANKA, IMPACT, KENYA, KNOWLEDGE, POVERTY

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