Evaluating the Impacts of Agricultural Development Interventions
Dec. 20, 2012
The international development community has increasingly recognized the importance of reliable impact evaluation, but the evaluation of agricultural and small farm development projects presents particular challenges. In a special session at the January 2013 Allied Social Sciences meeting in San Diego, ARE faculty and graduate students presented a series of studies that push the methodological frontiers for agricultural impact evaluation. The papers include:
- an evaluation of the spillover effects of cash transfer programs on production in Kenyan villages (Professor Ed Taylor, graduate student Justin Kagin, former graduate students Mateusz Filipski and Karen Thome, and Benjamin Davis at UN-FAO)
- the first randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of fertilizer voucher coupons in Africa (Professor Michael Carter, his former graduate student Rachid Laajaj and Professor Dean Yang of Michigan)
- an analysis of the impact of trust and complexity on impact evaluation of small farmer programs (by former ARE student Conner Mullaly and Professor Steve Boucher)
- a novel evaluation of impact dynamics of a small farmer development scheme in Nicaragua (ARE graduate student Emilia Tjernström, Professor Michael Carter and Professor Patricia Toledo of Ohio).
The session was held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 5 in the Torrey Pines room of the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina hotel.
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