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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 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.

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Author
Smith, Stephen
Pan, Yao
Sulaiman, Munshi
GW Unit
Institute for International Economic Policy
Date Created
2015
Type of Work
Other
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Agriculture
Extension
Agricultural Technology Adoption
Food Security
Regression Discontinuity
Uganda
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George Washington University
Language
English
Location
Washington, DC
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