Can Agricultural Extension and Input Support be Discontinued? Evidence from a Randomized Phaseout in Uganda

A novel experimental evidence on the impacts of a randomised phase-out of an agricultural extension and subsidy programme that promotes improved inputs and cultivation practices among smallholder women farmers in Uganda. Based on a sample of 1,124 households in Uganda, this study (2013-2016) shows that phaseout does not diminish the use of either practices or inputs, as farmers shift purchases from NGO-sponsored village-based supply networks to market sources. These results indicate short-term interventions can suffice to trigger persistent effects, consistent with models of technology adoption that emphasize learning from experience.

Authors: Fishman, Ram; Smith, Stephen C.; Bobic, Vida; Sulaiman, Munshi
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2022