Effects of training, innovation and new technology on African smallholder farmers’ economic outcomes and food security
3ie Systematic Review Summary 6, 2016
This report is based on a systematic review by Stewart et al. that synthesises evidence on the effects of training, innovations and new technology on African smallholder farmers’ income, assets and food security. There is tentative evidence that agricultural input innovations may increase the nutritional status of farming households and, to a lesser degree, the monetary value of farmers’ harvests. There is also evidence that bottom-up training interventions may be able to improve farmers’ income levels.