FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro"
2016.072
Date: 16/11/2016

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


Authors: Jacopo Bonan (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei); Laura Pagani (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Type: Journal
JEL n.: O13, O22, O55, C93
Published in: The Journal of Development Studies, Pages 1-16, https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2017.1355457
Keywords: Junior Farmer Field Schools, Agricultural Extension, Intergenerational Learning Spillover, Uganda

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', The Journal of Development Studies, Pages 1-16, https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2017.1355457

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