Agriculture

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To help address gaps in the understanding of what works and what does not, we fund a variety of studies across this programme area, including interventions focused on insurance, extension, land-use and forestry, and innovation and technology.

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Effectiveness of agricultural certification schemes for improving socio-economic outcomes in low- and middle-income countries

Systematic review summary 3ie 2017
This report summarises a systematic review by Oya and colleagues that assesses the impact of agriculture certification schemes on improving socio-economic conditions for workers and farmers in low- and middle-income countries.

Effects of training, innovation and new technology on African smallholder farmers’ economic outcomes and food security

Systematic review summary 3ie 2016
This report is based on a systematic review by Stewart and colleagues that synthesises evidence on the effects of training, innovations and new technology on African smallholder farmers’ income, assets and food security.

Farmer field schools: from agricultural extension to adult education

Systematic review summary 3ie 2014
Since the late 1980s, support to agriculture has moved from top-down agricultural extension towards more participatory approaches which better suit smallholder farmers. One such approach is the farmer field school (FFS), an adult education intervention which uses intensive discovery-based learning to promote skills. Although FFS has been used to train 12 million farmers in over 90 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, the effectiveness of this approach has long been a subject of debate.

Providing collateral and improving product market access for smallholder farmers: a randomised evaluation of inventory credit in Sierra Leone

Impact evaluation 3ie 2015

Inventory credit can be an important instrument in helping farmers benefit from large inter-seasonal volatility of agricultural prices.

A randomised evaluation of the effects of an agricultural insurance programme on rural households’ behaviour: evidence from China

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The provision of weather insurance is a potential way of shielding farmers from weather related shocks and reducing poverty.

Enhancing food production and food security through improved inputs

Impact evaluation 3ie 2015

In Tanzania, agriculture accounts for 27 per cent of GDP, 80 per cent of employment and 75 per cent of household income. It is a key component of the country strategy for poverty reduction.

An impact assessment of EAMDA's banana initiative to increase technology adoption by smallholder farmers in Kenya

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Shyamal Chowdhury, Jane Kabubo Mariara, Munshi Sulaiman, Uttam Sharma,
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Creating informed demand and impacts through innovative and cost effective extension in Kenya

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Andrew Mude, Nathan Jensen, Duncan D. Khalai, Rupsha Banerjee, Diba D Galgallo,
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Picture-based crop insurance: evaluating the impact of using smartphone camera data for claims verification in India

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Berber Kramer, Francisco Ceballos, Samyuktha Kannan, Uttam Kumar, Azad Mishra,
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Enhancing access to index-based weather agricultural insurance in Burkina Faso: a new marketing approach

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Harounan Kazianga, Zaki Wahhaj, Alassane Koulibaly, Souleymane Zare, ,
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Bundling weather index-based insurance with loans in Senegal: evaluating impact on insurance take-up and farmers' well being

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Mame Mor Anta Syll, Assane Faye, Hamidou Diop, Moustapha Fall, Seydina Ousmane Sene
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Impact of alternate wetting and drying on farm incomes and water savings in Bangladesh

Impact evaluation 3ie 2020
This impact evaluation highlights the impact of alternate wetting and drying, a water-saving technology used to reduce irrigation water consumption in rice fields, as compared to conventional flood irrigation on water savings and farm incomes in Bangladesh.

Capacity building of smallholder dairy farmers in Kenya through extension services and market linkages

Impact evaluation Brief 3ie 2019
This brief is based on the findings of an impact evaluation that examined the effects of the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme in Kenya on farmers’ production, income and food security and on the empowerment of female dairy farmers.

Impact of voice reminders to reinforce harvest aggregation services training for farmers in Mali

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018

Authors evaluated the impact of mobile phone voice reminders for a pre- and post-harvest grain management training, on farmer behaviour and household income.

Impact evaluation of the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme in Kenya

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018
This evaluation examines the impacts of the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme, which as designed to enhance dairy farming productivity, reduce production costs and strengthen market linkages.

Impact evaluation of the Menabe and Melaky development programme in Madagascar

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018

This report examines the impact of a development programme in the Melaky and Menabe regions of Madagascar.

The impact of adopting risk-reducing, drought-tolerant rice in India

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018
This evaluation examines the impact of cultivating Sahbhagi Dhan rice to reduce yield losses during droughts for farmers in eastern India.

An impact assessment of EAMDA's banana initiative to increase technology adoption by smallholder farmers in Kenya

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Shyamal Chowdhury, Jane Kabubo Mariara, Munshi Sulaiman, Uttam Sharma,
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Creating informed demand and impacts through innovative and cost effective extension in Kenya

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Andrew Mude, Nathan Jensen, Duncan D. Khalai, Rupsha Banerjee, Diba D Galgallo,
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Picture-based crop insurance: evaluating the impact of using smartphone camera data for claims verification in India

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Berber Kramer, Francisco Ceballos, Samyuktha Kannan, Uttam Kumar, Azad Mishra,
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Enhancing access to index-based weather agricultural insurance in Burkina Faso: a new marketing approach

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Harounan Kazianga, Zaki Wahhaj, Alassane Koulibaly, Souleymane Zare, ,
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Bundling weather index-based insurance with loans in Senegal: evaluating impact on insurance take-up and farmers' well being

Impact evaluation 3ie Publication type : 3ie-funded ongoing study
Author : Mame Mor Anta Syll, Assane Faye, Hamidou Diop, Moustapha Fall, Seydina Ousmane Sene
Sector : Agriculture fishing and forestry

Why targeting matters: a systematic review of farmer field schools targeting

Systematic review 3ie 2015

Targeting in any development intervention is critical, as it impacts programmes outcomes. This review studies targeting in farmer field school (FFS) programmes.

What is the evidence on smallholder agriculture interventions in Africa?

Systematic review Brief 3ie 2016
This brief is based on The Effects of Training, Innovation and New Technology on African Smallholder Farmers’ Economic Outcomes and Food Security: A Systematic Review, by Stewart et al. synthesises evidence from 19 impact evaluations that study the effect of training, innovations and new technology interventions on income, assets and food security.

Zero child hunger: breaking the cycle of malnutrition

Systematic review Brief 3ie 2012
Is there enough evidence to show that increased household income and a better diet can improve children’s nutritional status?

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