FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2016.072

Junior Farmer Field Schools, Agricultural Knowledge and Spillover Effects: Quasi-experimental Evidence from Northern Uganda


Authors: Jacopo Bonan, Laura Pagani
Series: Mitigation, Innovation and Transformation Pathways
Editor: Massimo Tavoni
Keywords: Junior Farmer Field Schools, Agricultural Extension, Intergenerational Learning Spillover, Uganda
JEL n.: O13, O22, O55, C93

Abstract

We analyse the impact of a junior farmer field school project in Northern Uganda on students’ agricultural knowledge and practices. We also test for the presence of intergenerational learning spillover within households. We use differences-in-differences estimators with ex-ante matching. We find that the program had positive effects on students’ agricultural knowledge and adoption of good practices and that it produced some spillover effects in terms of improvements of household agricultural knowledge and food security. Overall, our results point to the importance of adapting the basic principles of farmer field schools to children.

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Suggested citation: Bonan, J., L. Pagani, (2016), 'Junior Farmer Field Schools, Agricultural Knowledge and Spillover Effects: Quasi-experimental Evidence from Northern Uganda', Nota di Lavoro 72.2016, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

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