Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114066
Authors: 
Pan, Yao
Smith, Stephen C.
Sulaiman, Munshi
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9206
Abstract: 
This paper evaluates causal impacts of a large-scale agricultural extension program for smallholder women farmers on 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 experienced significant increases in agricultural production, savings and wage income, which lead to improved food security. Given minimal changes in the adoption of relatively expensive inputs including HYV seeds, these gains are mainly attributed to increased usage of improved cultivation methods that are relatively costless. These results highlight the role of improved basic methods in boosting agricultural productivity among poor farmers.
Subjects: 
agriculture
extension
agricultural technology adoption
food security
regression discontinuity
Uganda
labor markets in developing economies
JEL: 
O13
Q12
I30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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