Inventory credit can be an important instrument in helping farmers benefit from large inter-seasonal volatility of agricultural prices. This study by Lorenzo Casaburi, Rachel Glennerster, Tavneet Suri and Sullay Kamara presents results from the evaluation of a storage support and inventory credit scheme provided to palm oil farmers in Sierra Leone. The take-up rate was 29.9 per cent for storage support and 24.9 per cent for inventory credit. The programme did not have a significant impact on overall storage behaviour or on the patterns of oil sales across seasons. The storage within the scheme primarily substituted for other forms of storage thus providing limited benefits to the participating communities.
Authors of this report estimate the impacts of teacher training programmes aimed at secondary school maths and science teachers on their subject knowledge, teaching practices and student test scores. These training programmes form a key component of the government's efforts to improve quality through the School Sector Development Programme.
Authors of this report evaluate the impact of an intervention that uses a behavioural science approach to increase vaccination coverage in Ethiopia by providing nonmonetary incentives to caregivers and health workers.