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Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Agricultural Productivity and Poverty in East Africa

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  • Davis, K.
  • Nkonya, E.
  • Kato, E.
  • Mekonnen, D.A.
  • Odendo, M.
  • Miiro, R.
  • Nkuba, J.

Abstract

The authors used a longitudinal impact evaluation with quasi-experimental methods to provide evidence on economic and production impact of a farmer field school (FFS) project in East Africa. FFSs were shown to have positive impact on production and income among women, low-literacy, and medium land size farmers. Participation in FFS increased income by 61%. Participation in FFS improved agricultural income and crop productivity overall. This implies that farmer field schools are a useful approach to increase production and income of small-scale farmers in East Africa, and that the approach can be used to target women and producers with limited literacy.

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  • Davis, K. & Nkonya, E. & Kato, E. & Mekonnen, D.A. & Odendo, M. & Miiro, R. & Nkuba, J., 2012. "Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Agricultural Productivity and Poverty in East Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(2), pages 402-413.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:40:y:2012:i:2:p:402-413 DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.05.019
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